Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Located next door, was a landmark for pioneers traveling west. It served as both a trading post and U. S. Army fort. The fort was considered extremely important as the Army protected settlers moving west through Indian country. It was just as important as a resupply station for the wagon trains. Fort Laramie was established in 1834 at the confluence of the Laramie and Platte Rivers. Many of the buildings are still standing and have been restored. Living history programs are featured during the summer. Call for details 307-837-2221. Fort Laramie has been designated as the most important historical site west of the Mississippi River.
Register Cliff State Historic Site
Just south of Guernsey, is one of the more famous landmarks of the overland trails. Here many thousands of pioneers carved their names into a soft sandstone cliff overlooking the river valley. While, these carvings are little more than “emigrant graffiti” they also served as a “bulletin board” to pioneers following the trail west. Several hundred of these signatures are still visible today. This is one of many such “signature rocks” that were used by travelers in the mid 1800s.
Oregon Trail Ruts State Historical Site
Located about 1/2 mile south of Guernsey, Wyoming. Terrain and the North Platte River running high in the spring forced the travelers to cross the butte country through a narrow passage cutting deep ruts which are still very visible today.
Lingle Western History Center
Visit and learn about the Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Route, the Texas Trail, Spanish Diggings, and paleontology. Located five miles west of Lingle.
Located in the old Union Pacific Depot in South Torrington on Highway 85. The museum houses not only memorabilia of the period (1882 to 1929 and then through WW II), a ‘shack’ built in 1910 by Ben Trout, a Union Pacific Gallery, but the written records and historical accounts…land claims, photographs and other materials, of this wild and wonderful period in Wyoming’s colorful history.
At this museum in Lusk you’ll see one of the only two authentic 1880s Cheyenne-Deadwood Stagecoaches in the world. (The only other stagecoach from this legendary route is now in the Smithsonian.) Behind the museum building is another frontier icon – a one-room schoolhouse – and along US-20 at the east edge of town a plaque points out a redwood water tower dating from 1886, when steam locomotives still chugged across the plains.
5 miles from the ranch, this is a must visit site. Stand at the side of the grave and experience the history of one family moving west.
Old Bedlam Wagon Ruts
Located 5 miles from the ranch. As the pioneers moved west, their last glimpse of civilization was Old Bedlam at Fort Laramie. Before them lay a perilous journey and months of hardship.
The Steel Bridge at Fort Laramie
The first steel bridge west of the Mississippi. Thousands of weary travelers crossed the Platte River on the bridge to the safety of Fort Laramie. Built before trains, it was an incredible engineering feat.
Torrington Municipal Golf Course
Spend a day on the greens and play golf at the Torrington Municipal Golf Course.
Gray Rocks Reservoir.
Fishing and boating are two ways that you can have a great day with family or friends under the big Wyoming sky.