The ruined structures of old Fort Laramie breathe
the spirit of the Forty-Niners and of the old West. Photographed by
C. E. Humberger, 1938. Courtesy Wyoming Historical Department.
We consider it a privilege to sponsor the publication
of this booklet. Appearance of it at this time marks the one hundredth
anniversary of the California Gold Rush and the coincidental founding of
the famous military post of Fort Laramie. It is intended to memorialize
the mensoldiers, traders, emigrantswho were actors in the
immortal drama of 1849.
The author, now Historian, Region Two Office,
National Park Service, Omaha, Nebraska, has been associated for several
years with the Fort Laramie National Monument research project,
gathering authentic data relating to structures, trails, military
organization, social life and other aspects of the fort's history.
The present study is a detailed, documented,
chronological account of one momentous year in the annals of Fort
Laramie; it is a self-contained chapter in a projected official history
of the post. It is designed with a minimum of editorial comment, to
permit the contemporary actors to tell their own epic story.
A substantial number of the original documents
herewith presented, taken principally from Government records and
private manuscript journals, have not been published before.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATURE ASSOCIATION,
Estes Park, Colorado