Fort Laramie National Historic SiteAs the nation prepared to celebrate its centennial in 1876, electrifying news of a gold rush in the Black Hills flashed across the country. A new bridge over the North Platte River guaranteed that the preferred route to the gold fields passed through Fort Laramie.Post Trader John S. Collins erected a hotel on this location to provide lodging for the gold seekers. Collins christened the new establishment the Rustic. The hotel also served as headquarters for the Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage Company. Cheyenne newspapers reported favorably on the new hotel, noting, "From the 'tone' of it, we infer that the Rustic is to be no second-rate affair. The manager will accommodate all with clean beds and first-class meals." Many travelers who stayed at the Rustic thought otherwise. " . . . I did not quite like the look of the bed . . . with its dingy sheets . . . . I had not slept an hour before a disagreeable sensation aroused me . . . . Ugh! The whole place swarmed with horrid little bugs . . . . Of course, sleep was out of the question for me . . . ."
|Placed By||National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13T E 536436 N 4672666|
|Decimal Degrees||42.20531667, -104.55861667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 42° 12.319', W 104° 33.517'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||42° 12' 19.14" N, 104° 33' 31.02" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near Co Rd 53, Fort Laramie WY 82212, US|
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