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Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County in Wyoming, United States. It is scenically located in the Laramie Valley between two mountain ranges, the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range, that bind the city from east to west. This mid-19th century city is a delightful sum of superb natural beauty and remarkable natural features (like rivers, valley and mountains), and offers a host of outdoor activities like fishing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, biking and scaling a mountain range that simply lords above everything else in the city. Because of its scenic location and low taxes, the city was ranked as one of the best cities to retire by a noted magazine few years back.
The Geological Museum
The Geological Museum at the University of Wyoming has a top-of-the-line collection of more than 50000 catalogued mineral, rock, and fossil specimens. It has some dedicated displays of dinosaur skeletons, and central to them are a 75 foot high skeleton of Apatosaurus dinosaur and a display of the most complete Allosaurus dinosaur’s fossil ever found.
Though mostly in ruins now, Fort Sanders was built as a wooden on the Laramie Plains near the city of Laramie in 1866. It was originally called Fort John Buford and was renamed Fort Sanders in honor of a US Army general, General William P. Sanders who had laid down his life while serving his nation in the American Civil War. This ruined building is now survived by a nearly 150 year old stone guardhouse.
Wyoming Territorial Prison
Built in 1872 and one of the oldest buildings in Wyoming, the Wyoming Territorial Prison is a former federal government prison near Laramie. It was operated as a prison from 1872 to 1901 and as an agricultural experiment station from 1902 to 1989. Its buildings are built of rough gray sandstone and are hallmarked by brown sandstone arches. Of special mention is the warden's residence that was built by convicts as an atypical stucco-covered stone structure in 1875.