This is not about Leslie Gore (the singer) nor Leslie Uggams (the actress) and not Leslie Neilson (the actor) but Leslie, Wyoming.
If you’ve lived in Laramie long, you know why we’re here: 150 years ago, the Union Pacific (UP) passed through the Laramie Valley during construction of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
But that’s only part of the story. The full explanation begins much earlier, back when a fortuitous combination of mountain-building and erosion created an easy route over the Laramie Mountains—the Gangplank.
Anyone reading the Laramie Sentinel newspaper in Wyoming Territory on April 10, 1880 would see a two-column headline that screamed “Gold! Gold!! Gold!!” The ad implied a rich deposit of gold had been found in the vicinity of the Big Laramie River. This was big news as gold fever was rampant all over the west.