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Second Street, Laramie, Wyo. 1890

Compare the above photo with panoramic view of Second Street in 1908 on next page, and 1870's A.J.Russell stereopticon view view of Laramie from the Union Pacific Collection.

Laramie Eagles Aerie, 1910

Below left, Grand Avenue, 1920's

For discussion of the Fraternal Order of Eagles see Cheyenne III.The photo of Grand Avenue was taken by Henning Svenson in the 1920's. For discussion of Svenson see next page.

The location and the name of the City of Laramie were selected by Gen. Grenvile M. Dodge, chief engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad,, photo to the right. By the time the first train reached Laramie on May 10, 1868, Laramie was a thriving tent and shack city of approximately 2000 population with a male to female ratio of six to one, 23 saloons, not counting hog ranches and parlor houses, 1 hotel, no churches, and a reputation for being a bit rough, Lucius Morris Beebe, the bon vivant and wit, referring to it as a "suburb of Hell". The first church services were conducted in a general store owned by Edward Ivinson, who had arrived with his wife Jane on the first passenger train.

With the coming of the railroad, Laramie became a shipping point for northern Colorado. In 1876, a road was constructed from Laramie through Woods Landing to Walden in the North Park section of northern Colorado. Thereafter until construction of the Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific Railroad in 1911 (photo of LHP&P depot in Fox Park, Wyo., lower right), all supplies for North Park were brought in by double and triple wagons pulled by 12 or 14 horse teams. For photos of similar rigs, see Buffalo page. Notwithstanding the road, Walden, in part due to its isolation, remained small. In 1887, the entire town turned out for a photo, 17 people, one dog, two flower pots, six buildings and the town pump. The Feb. 7, 1907, issue of the Walden New Era paid a tribute to one of the stage drivers:

Sid Lawrence, who drives the Laramie end of the Laramie-Walden stage line, making the trip from Laramie to Wood's Landing, a distance of 27 miles, and return has been on the route for thirteen years straight. A record such as his needs no comment. A man who can put in thirteen years in one position, and especially that of driving a stage through all kinds of weather across the Laramie plains, where the wind blows 400 days out of the year, sometimes with a speed and force that turns over wagons, miles of barbed wire fence, etc. is deserving of more credit than a pen is sufficiently eloquent to portray.

Laramie, Hahns Peak and Pacific RR near Laramie

On October 17, 1911, the first train on the L.H.P. & P., known by locals as the "Long Hard Pull and Perhaps," reached Walden from Laramie. In the 1930's the line was absorbed by the UPRR, later to be spun off as part of the Wyoming-Colorado. Service has now been discontinued, the tracks pulled up and the rolling stock sold to a line in Arizona.

Union Pacific Depot and Hotel, 1910

The depot depicted above and at the end of the street in the panoramic photo next page burned in 1917. The current depot was built in 1923.

Laramie High School, 1914

In 1887 Laramie was designated as the home of the University of Wyoming. See pictures next page. By 1895 Laramie had attained a population of over 6,000.

Notwithstanding the University, Albany County remained a bit wild. In 1909, the Sheriff, Alfred H. Bath, was killed near Woods Landing. His killer, George H. Sommers, was never caught.

Laramie Photos continued on next page.