Laramie County
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Title:Laramie County
History:Laramie County was created and boundaries defined as "all that portion of the Territory of Dakota west of the one hundred and fourth meridian west ..." and Fort Sanders named the county seat by the Sixth Dakota Legislative Assembly on January 9, 1867. On January 3, 1868, the Seventh Dakota Legislative Assembly redefined the western boundary and changed the county seat to Cheyenne. The eastern boundary of the county was redefined by the Wyoming Organic Act on July 25, 1868. At that time, Wyoming had two counties, Carter (Sweetwater) and Laramie. All the rest of the counties were created from these two between 1868 and 1921. (Wyoming Historical Blue Book, 1946)
County:Laramie
Feature Category:Special Features
Origin Of Name:Named for Jacques La Ramie, French Canadian trapper, who reached a point on the river which bears his name, as early as 1820. Laramie County, with an organized government, is older than Wyoming as state and territory. It was created, in 1867, by the legislature of the Dakota Territory, and together with Carter County, occupied the area within the present boundaries of the state. County seat is in Cheyenne. (WPA) The city, as well as the river, the mountain range, and the county, derives its name from Fort Laramie, which stands at the mouth of Laramie River. The most famous fort on the old Overland Trail was named directly or indirectly for Jacques La Ramie, a French fur trader of the early days. The old maps show the river as La Ramies Fork. (Guidebook of the Western United States)Laramie County was created and boundaries defined as "all that portion of the Territory of Dakota west of the one hundred and fourth meridian west ..." and Fort Sanders named the county seat by the Sixth Dakota Legislative Assembly on January 9, 1867. On January 3, 1868, the Seventh Dakota Legislative Assembly redefined the western boundary and changed the county seat to Cheyenne. The eastern boundary of the county was redefined by the Wyoming Organic Act on July 25, 1868. At that time, Wyoming had two counties, Carter (Sweetwater) and Laramie. All the rest of the counties were created from these two between 1868 and 1921. (Wyoming Historical Blue Book, 1946)
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