Fort Laramie National Historic SiteIn 1834, Robert Campbell and William Sublette established the first fort at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers. Christened Fort William, the post was rectangular, measuring only 100 by 80 feet. Hewn cottonwood logs 15 feet high formed the palisade. At diagonal corners were log blockhouses. A third blockhouse with a cannon mounted in it was located over the front gate. Against the inside of the stockade were a series of cabins, workshops, and storehouses whose flat roofs reached to within three feet of the top of the fort's wall.The "beaver trade" was already in decline at the time of the post's founding. Campbell and Sublette recognized that the future of the fur trade lay not in trapping beaver but in trading with Native Americans for buffalo robes. Each spring, caravans arrived with trade goods at the fort. In the fall, tons of buffalo hides and other furs were shipped east.Fort William's exact location is not known. Certainly, it was within a mile of this site and perhaps even occupying the same ground that you are standing on. Efforts to find what remains of Fort William continue.
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, August 10th, 2015 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 536399 N 4672191|
|Decimal Degrees||42.20103333, -104.55910000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 12.062', W 104° 33.546'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 12' 3.72" N, 104° 33' 32.76" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Unnamed Road, Fort Laramie WY 82212, US|
|Alternative Maps||Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap|
Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.