Legends of Laramie

Come experience Laramie’s interactive historical adventure tour, The Legends of Laramie!

From gun-fights and brothels to historic landmarks and famous architecture, you can travel back in time and watch the past come alive.
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We encourage you to explore Laramie’s downtown area, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy the shops, restaurants and historic remnants of this former hell-on-wheels town. Learn about the places where Laramie’s first citizens lived, worked, and made their mark on this historic town. If you’re lucky enough to be close by when a train comes into town today, close your eyes for a minute when you hear its whistle and imagine you have just arrived in the “Gem City of the Plains” more than 150 Years ago!

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Description:   In 2017 Robert Fuller made a guest appearance for the first time in Laramie, Wyoming. Watch the video to see his reaction.   Laramie was an American Western television series that aired on NBC from 1959-63. A Revue Studios production, the program originally starred John Smith as Slim Sherman; Robert Fuller as Jess Harper; Hoagy Carmichael as Jonesy; and Robert L. Crawford, Jr. as Andy Sherman. Actress Spring Byington was later added to the cast. Make sure to see all 16 locations on the Legends of Laramie…

Description:   The Love story of General Jack Casement and his wife Francis. While tracks were laid coast to coast, a love story flourished across the miles. General Casement and his wife Francis, corresponded for 4 years as he oversaw the Union Pacific’s construction. History: As Casement’s crews pushed across the plains they were followed by a large contingent of “camp followers” who provided such indulgences as prostitution, liquor, gambling, and other services for the laborers. This ever moving assemblage of rail workers and hangers-on became known as Hell…

Description:   Gentleman get in line and hear from Laramie’s ladies of the night. In the late 1800’s, the saloons, dance halls and alleys of Laramie were packed with a cast of colorful women who entertained men for a living. Meet 5 of these women and hear about their lives. Extra: Click Here to take a Brothel Tour The “Old Laramie City Brothel” walking tour will emphasize how prostitution facilitated the economic growth and development of Laramie City. The tour will begin at the 1st Street Plaza, move east…

Description: (above) (1) Gunfighter “Big” Steve Long, (2) Con Moyer, (3) Ace Moyer, A lynching in Laramie Wyo. -1868     When Lawlessness was the only law in town!   150 years ago, justice in Laramie was served up by 3 violent lawmen: Asa Moyer, Con Waggoner and “Big” Steve Long. Ruling the town with an iron fist, “justice” often got bloody. History: Little is known about Steve Long’s early life or childhood. After the American Civil War, he had settled in Laramie, Wyoming. He and his half-brothers, Ace…

Description:   St. Matthew’s Cathedral – Laramie Circa 1868: 23 Saloons. Not 1 Church. In 1896, Laramie was in need of a little reform. Constructed from local limestone, St. Matthew’s Cathedral was built to tame the unruly masses. And today, it sits as the highest Cathedral in the nation. History: St. Matthew’s was established in 1868. The Rt. Rev. Ethelbert Talbot, the first bishop of the newly created Missionary District of Wyoming and Idaho chose Laramie as his See city. He then led the effort to build St. Matthew’s…

Description:   Women’s Suffrage (1870) In 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature became the first government to grant women the right to vote. Hear the notable firsts that set Wyoming apart in the suffragette movement. Honoring The World’s First Woman Voter – Early in the morning on September 6, 1870 in Laramie, Wyoming Louisa Swain became the first woman in the world to cast a ballot under laws giving women full equality with men! In the fall of 2008, 138 years later, the U.S. Congress passes a resolution proclaiming September…

Description:   The Wit and Words of American’s Funniest Postmaster. Meet Laramie’s postmaster, Justice of the Peace and founder of the Boomerang newspaper. Bill Nye, Frontier Humorist Few Wyoming newspapers have names as arresting as Laramie’s. Go to the newspaper’s home page on the web, and you will find: “Laramie Boomerang: Laramie’s Voice Since 1881.” But the page provides little else about the paper’s origins or those of its name. In fact, the newspaper and its name were established by a man who resided in the state less than…

Description: The Original Courthouse: Law, Order and some Old-Fashioned Justice. In the 1870’s, the town of Laramie boasted more lawlessness than law. The existing Courthouse was constructed in 1933, after the original was demolished. Pan the 1872 Courthouse as it once stood. Melville C. Brown History Lawyer, Mayor In his long career, however, M.C. Brown defended anyone who needed legal assistance. In keeping with his legal philosophy, he did not limit himself to high profile cases. Be they murderers, thieves, prostitutes or cattle barons, he represented them with equal…

Description: The Crown Jewel of Laramie In 1870, Edward Ivinson bought this city block for the spot of his future home. By 1892, this $40,000 mansion was complete with central heating, electric lights and running water. Quite the marvel of Laramie. Edward Ivinson made a fortune in banking in Laramie, Wyo. in the 19th century and turned to philanthropy late in his life, making large contributions to benefit his town and community. Ivinson was born Sept. 20, 1830 in the Virgin Islands on St. Croix, where his father, Thomas,…

Description:   Home to Outlaws, Desperados and Gunslingers.  Meet the bad boys of The Wyoming Territorial Prison Originally built in 1872, the Prison ran on the Auburn Prison System. This required silence at all times, black and white striped uniforms and numbers replaced names for some of the most infamous criminals. The Wyoming Territorial Prison is a former federal government prison near Laramie, Wyoming. Built in 1872 it is one of the oldest buildings in Wyoming. It operated as a federal penitentiary from 1872 to 1890, and as a…

Description:   A Trapper Who Left, Never to Return Almost 200 years ago, a respected trapper disappeared without a trace. His mysterious disappearance has generated a dozen theories, but no answers. Decide what is fact, and what is folklore. French Canadian fur trader and mountain man Jacques La Ramee arrived in what is now the state of Wyoming in 1815. Five years later he arrived for a season of trapping along the river that now bears his name; he was never seen or heard from again. Details surrounding his…

Description:   Pioneers, Wagons, and a 575 Mile Journey. The Overland Trail and Stagecoach Line was an alternate wagon route off the famous Oregon Trail. Pioneers crossed this area as they headed westward in the late 1800’s. The Overland Trail (also known as the Overland Stage Line) was a stagecoach and wagon trail in the American West during the 19th century. While portions of the route had been used by explorers and trappers since the 1820s, the Overland Trail was most heavily used in the 1860s as an alternative…

Description: Sign located inside the Fire Station Fires. Destruction. Bravery. Meet firefighters of Laramie’s Fire Department. The early days of firefighting

Description:   Bucking’ Broncs are just the beginning. Modern-day rodeo has its roots on the plains, these tradition live on today, during the Laramie Jubilee Days Rodeo, each July. See some of the Wild West’s bravest ropers, riders and racers from days gone by. Riding. Roping. Racing. Modern day rodeo lives on each July in Laramie. History: The Laramie Jubilee Days celebration of Laramie, Wyoming had its beginning in 1940. It was initiated to commemorate the Golden Anniversary of Wyoming Statehood on July 10. The first ‘Equality Days’ included…

Description: The sign is on the South end of the building The current stadium, War Memorial, was built in 1960, and replaced Corbett Field. Commonly referred to as “The War,” it is at the highest elevation of any NCAA Division 1 football stadium. Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium is an outdoor football stadium on the campus of the University of Wyoming in Laramie. It is the home field of the Wyoming Cowboys of the Mountain West Conference. It is the highest Division I FBS college football stadium in the nation; the playing field sits at a lofty elevation of 7,215 feet…

Description:   What you see… and what you don’t The Ames Monument stands before you today. But the town of Sherman, once a bustling stop along the railroad, is only a memory. Hear about the settlement before it vanished. An unusual 60 ft. pyramid shaped monument, this haunting limestone mass stands alone on the prairie and towers over the remains of the one-time railroad town of Sherman. This monument was built in 1881 to honor the Ames brothers, Oliver and Oakes, who were influential leaders in the construction of…