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.
The University Lab (Prep) School opened its doors on September 6, 1887. It is one of the oldest preparatory schools still in existence in the state of Wyoming. In 1906, a normal training school was established and elementary students began to attend the University Lab School. Preparatory work was abandoned however, in 1909. In 1914 it became the University High School but in 1973, the High School was eliminated. Since then, the University Prep School has been educating students through the ninth grade (including elementary and middle school students).
Reports of strange noises and feelings of uneasiness particularly in the library and the girls’ bathroom on second floor.
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1000 E. University Ave. Laramie WY Wyoming United States