In the 1860s, pioneers brought seeds to Laramie—sharing cuttings and information on those that survived at our high elevation. Typical of these “heritage” plants are hollyhock, rhubarb, lilac, and yellow rose bushes that continue to thrive in Laramie.
In Laramie’s early days, fire protection provided by townspeople included barrels of water sitting around corners of buildings and on the roofs. In wintertime, the barrels probably had to go inside or were filled with sand. Blankets and carpets covered the roofs of nearby buildings in the event of a fire
If it hadn’t been for Ragnhild “Ronnie” Solheim, some treasures from Laramie’s past might never have been saved. The Solheims came to Laramie in 1929, when her husband, Wilhelm, became a professor of Botany at UW. They rented several domiciles for 10 years, their last a furnished old house at 616 Ivinson Avenue.