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Hell On Wheels Tent City to End of Tracks Railroad Town

The arrival of the railroad inspired entrepreneurs to build more permanent structures in what had been a “Hell on Wheels” tent city.

Hell On Wheels Tent City to End of Tracks Railroad Town

Union Pacific construction crews laid the track connecting Laramie to the rest of the country on May 4, 1868; a few passengers arrived the same day and regular service began less than a week later. The arrival of the railroad inspired entrepreneurs to build more permanent structures in what had been a “Hell on Wheels” tent city. For a few months Laramie was the western terminal of Union Pacific Railroad, but even after track was laid to points further west, Laramie’s reputation and population continued to grow.

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