Fort Laramie (video)

20 July 2008

A short video from the artillery demonstration that we watched on our visit to Fort Laramie, Wyoming.

As I wrote before,

Fort Laramie turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip so far. It has a well maintained, partially restored fort dating back to the Indian Wars. We walked around its buildings, some ruins, some beautifully maintained historic, wooden houses (one of which is the oldest building in the state of Wyoming), then took in a fascinating hours talk on nineteenth century American artillery. The whole experience was subtly crafted and not at all theme park, a real credit to National Parks.

Founded in the 1830s during the fur trade, Fort Laramie was taken over by the Army in 1849 and during the middle 19th century, it was a primary stopping point on the Oregon and Mormon Trails. We smiled when we learned that Fort Laramie contains the oldest building in the state of Wyoming, but that building is still younger than the house that we live in in Wales.

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