The city of Laramie is located in Albany County, Wyoming. Albany County was organized on December 16, 1868 from Laramie County in the Dakota Territory. On May 19, 1869, the territory’s government was formally organized.
Laramie has a population of approximately 28,000 residents. It is located west of Cheyenne, Wyoming along the Laramie River. Laramie was once the location of Fort Sanders.
Laramie is named after Jacques LaRamie, a French-Canadian trapper. Mostly all of the landmarks that are designated “Laramie” are named after him including the Laramie River, Fort Laramie, Mount Laramie, and more. The city itself sprung up following construction of the Union Pacific nearby. It was a “tent city” originally along the Overland Trail.
As with many early railroad towns, Laramie was rather hard to govern and suffered from lawlessness. The first mayor, M.C. Brown resigned after only 3 weeks in office, stating that the city was “ungovernable”. Tales of gunfights and lynchings are abundant in Laramie’s early history.
Construction of Knight Hall, which was originally a women’s dormitory began in April 1940. Excavation for the construction of Knight Hall revealed some interesting findings relevant to ghost hunters and paranormal researchers. Several graves were uncovered during the excavation. These graves were apparently from an early Laramie cemetery. The bodies were exhumed and reinterred at the Greenhill Cemetery in Laramie.
Knight hall was named after Emma Howell Knight. It opened it’s doors in 1941. As a dormitory, it housed 1,236 women in 70 rooms. In 1946 a cafeteria was opened in Knight Hall and served a record 3,000 meals daily. In 1950, an annex was built onto the west side of Knight Hall to provide 50 more rooms. Knight Halls is no longer a dormitory. Rather it is used to house a radio public station, administration, and other student services.
Feelings of uneasiness particularly reported on the third floor. Also, on the second floor, disembodied voices have been reported including the sound of wailing from outside the windows. Disembodied sounds have been reported in the basement including the sound of drums. Apparitions have been reported as well as odd reflections in the windows.
David Dorm at Concorndia University in Seward Nebraska has a similar history, but the burial grounds found during excavations made at David Dorm were of Native American origins. Some of the paranormal reports at this location suggest a Native American haunting (drums, an apparition of young Indian girl which was reported at Shadowlands Haunted Places Index) which may have been cued by folklore related to David Dorm at Seward, Nebraska.
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