LARAMIE'S LIVING HISTORY - THE STUFF NOT IN OTHER PLACES - PAGE 2
A series of stories prepared for the Albany County Museum Coalition, an alliance of institutions that promote Laramie’s historic and cultural resources. This series originally appeared in the Laramie Boomerang
The Laramie Rivers Conservation District (LRCD) was formed in 1945, as a result of those Federal and state efforts to avoid another Dust Bowl. Unlike many other conservation districts, ours encompasses the entire county.
There is no doubt that some of the earliest residents of Laramie were just passing through. Exactly one year after Laramie was founded, the two great railroads, the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific, met at Promontory, Utah on May 10, 1869. The great migration to California could now begin by rail.
In Wyoming towns like Laramie, new styles in furniture, wallpaper and accessories came via railroad; city dwellers with the money to spend could have homes that looked a lot like those east of the Mississippi. But for ranches, hunting lodges and rural second homes in the west, a more rustic style gained favor in the late 1800s and has persisted.
Whatever possessed me to agree to stand by my new husband’s side while he SAT for our wedding portrait? I can still hear someone yelling out “don’t smile!” And another saying “put your hand on his shoulder!”
There was a time when nearly all Laramie buildings had privies out back.
July 10 is the day on which Wyoming became a state. When Laramie first began “Jubilee Days” in 1940, the July celebration was intended to celebrate “Statehood Day” and always is centered around that day no matter how long the celebration lasts.
On September 6, 1870, Laramie women were the first in the world to vote in a general election. But what about the rest of the voters that day? Who were they, how did they vote and what were the results?
“There ought to be some sort of a fire organization here,” wrote Editor J.H. Hayford in the Laramie Daily Sentinel, in November, 1870, two years after Laramie’s founding. Luckily, no major fire had yet occurred, but that was no reason to oppose forming a fire department, Hayford reasoned.
In 1898, a few Laramie women put out an announcement that they were calling all interested women to a meeting in the Albany County Courthouse to form a woman’s club for Laramie. Over 100 showed up.
Before there was a railroad in the Laramie Basin, goods were hauled by freighters who owned wagons and draft animals.