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Fort Laramie

Fort Laramie National Historic Site was established as a private fur trading fort in 1834. Indians, trappers, traders, missionaries, emigrants, gold seekers, soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders would leave their mark on a place that would become famous in the American West. In more recent times, a wooden cross marks the grave of an unidentified U.S. Army soldier at Fort Laramie. The hilltop was used as a cemetery before the Army in 1873 built a hospital, pictured in the background, on the same ground.