On July 1, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act. This act created the Union Pacific Railroad and authorized government loans and land grants to aid in the construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad, which would connect Omaha, Nebraska, to Sacramento, California. As the Union Pacific raced west across prairies, mountains, and basins in 1867 and 1868, the Territory of Wyoming and many of its southern towns and cities were founded, including Laramie. In 1869, the Union Pacific met the Central Pacific at Promontory Summit, Utah, and the transcontinental railroad was complete. This is the story of the railroads of Laramie, a fabled place along the Union Pacific’s Overland Route.
About the Author
With the help of local historians from the Laramie Historic Railroad Depot Organization and the Laramie Plains Museum, as well as local photographers and photo archivists, authors Lawrence Ostresh and Jerry Hansen tell the story of Laramie and Albany County railroads and trains.
Table of Contents
1 1868: Transcontinental Railroad and the Beginning of Laramie City 9
2 1870-1900: Laramie Industries in the Early Years 31
3 1901-1930: Origins of the Smaller Railways in Albany County 53
4 1930-1960: How the Loss of Steam Locomotives Changed Laramie 75
5 1960-Today: Keeping Laramie's Railroading Legacy Alive 101