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Laramie was settled in 1868 with the arrival of the railroad and grew with the development of the surrounding ranch country and local mining enterprises. It is headquarters for the Medicine Bow National Forest. Nearby is the site of Fort Sanders, established in 1866 to protect both the Overland Trail and workers on the Union Pacific Railroad.

The city is a commercial, railroad and industrial center for a livestock and timber region. Laramie has numerous rail yards, sawmills, cement and brick factories, as well as meatpacking plants. Tourism is an important economic activity. Laramie is surrounded by mountain ranges and nearby are numerous skiing, hunting and fishing areas. The city is the seat of the University of Wyoming.

Laramie is on the Laramie River in the southeast of Wyoming, some 2445 km west of Washingtin D.C.


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