Fort Laramie is not really a fort. It is a military encampment to aide the westward expansion. Many settlers stopped here before continuing on the Oregon Trail. Fort Laramie has never seen military action. The soldiers, who were mostly Irish and other immigrants signed up for service from one to five years. They were bored and 33% deserted. About 75% of the deserters succeeded. We went to a presentation on life in the military at Fort Laramie. Kids at the fort went to a school usually taught by a private. Most were children of higher ranking officers and therefore could give orders to their teachers. The weird thing is Fort Laramie is about 100 miles from Laramie, Wyoming but it is on the Laramie River. We saw the oldest standing house in Wyoming.
Written by Marcus William Perry