Laramie, Wyoming Territory, 1868
Union Pacific construction crews laid the track connecting Laramie to the rest of the country on May 4, 1868. A few passengers arrived the same day and regular service began less than a week later. The arrival of the railroad inspired entrepreneurs to build more permanent structures in what had been a “Hell-on-Wheels” tent city (http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/eduoutreach/exhibits/hell-on-wheels/8.html). For just a few months, Laramie was the western terminal of Union Pacific Railroad.
Clarice Whittenburg papers, Collection No. 400066, Box 31, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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