Laramie, Wyoming (Images of America Series)

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While it was still part of Dakota Territory, the town of Laramie was founded in 1868 with the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad. Laramie’s placement on the high plains at an elevation of 7,200 feet has not made for an easy existence, but the hardy ranching families and cowboys, with their cattle hunkered down against the winds and snow, survived in spite of their harsh surroundings and even thrived in this unique eastern Wyoming town. This is the place where the infamous Jack McCall hid from the authorities, ...
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Overview

While it was still part of Dakota Territory, the town of Laramie was founded in 1868 with the arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad. Laramie’s placement on the high plains at an elevation of 7,200 feet has not made for an easy existence, but the hardy ranching families and cowboys, with their cattle hunkered down against the winds and snow, survived in spite of their harsh surroundings and even thrived in this unique eastern Wyoming town. This is the place where the infamous Jack McCall hid from the authorities, where Teddy Roosevelt rode the range, and where Butch Cassidy was held at the Wyoming Territorial Prison. From its early, rowdy days as an end-of-the-tracks tent town on the railroad, with gambling halls and an active nightlife, through the growing-up years of mills, quarries, and local wartime heroes, to the establishment of Wyoming’s only state university, Laramie’s remarkable story is told here through historic photographs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738548975
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 7/4/2007
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,388,148
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

With the assistance of Connie Lindmier and Mary Mountain at the Laramie Plains Museum, local historian and retired teacher Charlie Petersen gives an impressive overview of his hometown's history. Petersen used images from the museum's archives as well as from private collections and the state archives.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Carving an Existence on the High Plains     9
Railroaders and Cowboys Mark the Town's Growth     25
Men, Women, and Places that Defined the West     39
Laramie's Notorious Legends     61
A Respectable Town     71
Dawn of a New Century     87
Modern Times     105
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