Douglas was founded as a result of the Fremont, Elkhart and Missouri Valley Railroad extension through central Wyoming in 1886. The railroad's objective was to access the mining and cattle-rich areas of Wyoming.
On August 22, 1886, the railroad reached what was to be known as the new town of Douglas. Incorporated on October 33, 1887, Douglas was named after Senator Stephen A. Douglas of Illinois.
During its first year of existence, Douglas was known as "The Gateway City," because it was the end of-the-line for the FE&MV Railroad and the door through which the resources of Central Wyoming could push through to eastern markets.
Today, Douglas remains a gateway in a different sense - it is a community in the center of a number of interesting historic and natural attractions, a community with many doors through which visitors can move to find entertainment, adventure, inspiration, and insight.