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Laramie is the third-largest city in Wyoming (after Cheyenne and Casper), and the county seat of Albany County. As a more compact city, it ranks 1,200th largest in the USA. The city, known for many outdoor activities and pursuits attracts enthusiasts of the great outdoors.
Laramie has much to offer, from western history (you can visit the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Site where Butch Cassidy “enjoyed” a stay) to modern art. The only university in Wyoming is located in Laramie, making it a vibrant college town.
History of Laramie
History of Laramie
The name “Laramie” (named as Laramie City for quite a time) owes its origins to a French-Canadian trapper called Jacques LaRamie, one of the first European-Americans to visit the area. In the early 1820’s he vanished in the Laramie Mountains and was never seen again. He was one of the first Europeans to visit the area. The city itself was founded during the1860’s. Initially a tent city, it was built in 1868 to serve the transcontinental railroad. On May 10 that year, passengers started to arrive, and in no time, had houses, a school, stores and churches. By 1868, Laramie had famously become the western terminal of the Union Pacific Railroad. This frontier town was initially infamous for lawlessness. The first sheriff appointed for Albany County, N. K. Boswell, a rancher, overwhelmed three vicious brothers in 1868 to suppress their intimidation and violence and bring some law and order to the city. A year later, Wyoming became Wyoming Territory, and in 1870, five local residents of Laramie became the first ever women to serve on a jury anywhere in the world.
Things to do in Laramie
Things to do in Laramie
Laramie is superb for sports enthusiasts and is considered a center for mountain biking (with those of the forests in the Laramie Range and Snowy Range particularly superb). The 21-mile Medicine Bow Rail-Trail is a particularly wonderful mountain bike trail. The incredible 69-mile Laramie Enduro 111K, endurance mountain bike race is held each year on the Laramie Range trails. Laramie has 14 city parks, offering a veritable host of sports activities between them, with almost any sporting activity you’d care to name being available.
Other events include the recreational Poker Run ski race held each February in the Snowy Mountains and the Tour De Laramie bicycle rally. The Wyoming Marathon running races are held in Medicine Bow National Forest each Memorial Day weekend.
Trout fishing is also very popular in and around Laramie, in particular the Laramie River and the lakes of the Laramie Basin.
For those with an interest in keeping fit, the Community Recreation Center has all the regular (and more) gymnasium equipment, and the Community Ice Arena offers everything ice-related from October to mid-March.
Laramie is located in Albany County in south east Wyoming. It is northwest of Cheyenne, at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Routes 30 and 287 by the Laramie River in the Laramie Valley. It lies around 50 miles west of Cheyenne. Many people like to live in central parts of the city, although the more affordable homes are located in the west regions. Laramie Neighborhoods Shield St / N 11th St A college-focused area, Shield St / N 11th St nevertheless has an abundance of medium (three/four bedroom) to large (four/five+ bedrooms) and charming single-family homes. Houses in the area tend to be no older than 40 years. It has the LaBonte Park and the Laramie Skatepark nearby to the west on Shield Street, with the Laramie Athletic Fields nearby. There are plenty of local shops and restaurants just off South 3rd Street, and the area is noted for its walkability and high level of resident safety. City Center The city center of Laramie is very much an urban neighborhood that offers plenty of small (studio/two bedroom) to medium (three/four bedroom) single-family houses. Naturally enough, being in the older, established part of the city, many houses are classed as “historic”, dating back to 1939 or earlier. This district has a very high percentage of residents who walk (30%) or cycle (11%) to work, one of the highest rates in the USA, so you can exercise while being environmentally-friendly at the same time. If you choose to commute using either of these methods, you can enjoy a guilt-free treat at one of the many restaurants in the central district. Naturally enough, living in this district means you are near to all city center amenities. Laramie Southeast This district consists of small (studio/two bedroom) to medium sized (three/four bedroom) single-family houses. It is not as mature as the city center, but houses are well-established, having been built between 1940 and 1969, with some built before 1940. It is also an area that sees nearly 84% of residents having just a 15-minute commute to work, one of the shortest for an American city. Washington and LaPrele Parks are in the district, supported by good local shopping and, further towards the west, Undine Park just off S 3rd Street hosts a local market every Thursday. Howell Houses in Howell are medium (three/four bedroom) to large (four/five+ bedrooms) single-family homes built between 1970 and 1999, with some built after 1999. Howell is unique in having a zero children’s poverty rate, something not many neighborhoods in the world, let alone the USA, can boast. It is said to be a district for the ‘executive’ worker. The wonderfully named Optimist Park is located in Howell, as is the Wyoming Territorial Prison historic site. The Laramie River cuts through from north to south offering many riverside walks. There are numerous restaurants in the district as well as good local shopping. Laramie Northeast This district comprises medium (three/four bedroom) to large (four/five+) single-family homes and some townhouses, built between 1970 and 1999, with some built during the past 20 years. It is one area in Laramie where future house building is almost definite. It is a somewhat educated and wealthy district of Laramie with zero child poverty. This is a district of choice for educated executives, and also an excellent one for young families with school-aged children or college students. The Jacoby Golf course is located in this district with Kiowa Park and JackRabbit Canyon to the East. While there is shopping and restaurants scattered through the district, that you can get away from the city and into the wilds within minutes, is a decided attraction.
According to United States Census Bureau data, the city covers 18.3 square miles, with a population of just over 33,000.
The average household income is $61,989, and residents have a median age of 25.9 years, 25.7 years for males, and 26.1 years for females. The current racial composition, according to most recent ACS (American Community Survey) for Laramie is, white 88.26%, Asian 3.70%, mixed race 3.29%, African American 2.02%, other race 1.63%, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.03%, Native American 0.76%.
The average Laramie temperature in December is 21.1 °F, July, 64.0 °F with 11 inches of rain and 48 inches of snow annually. Being 7,165 feet from sea level, summers are short and cool, with long winters.
Arts in Laramie
Arts in Laramie
Having been held for more than 80 years, Laramie Jubilee Days celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Wyoming gaining its statehood on July 10. However, this now has evolved into a several-days event that includes 4th July celebrations. There’s a parade, street fair, live music, food, games, carnival rides, softball tournament and even Wild West rodeo events.
The University of Wyoming is the location for the Geological Museum, with an incredible 50,000+ cataloged fossil, mineral and rock samples, as well as a dinosaur exhibit. This all-year-round venue provides classes, exhibits, lectures, public tours and workshops. The Fine Arts Concert Hall offers concerts and recitals. The Wyoming Children's Museum and Nature Center is great for children from 3 to 93 years with interactive exhibits and pottery classes. Most theaters in Laramie can be found off Route 80 (Grand Avenue).
There are some twenty-one sites in Laramie that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), all worthy of a visit. There is also the famous granite Ames Monument, 20 miles to the east of the city, dedicated to the building of the Union Pacific portion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. The other, Como Bluff, (between Rock River and Medicine Bow), features fossils, including those from dinosaurs dating back to the Late Jurassic Period.
Schools in Laramie
Schools in Laramie
There are 9 preschools, 14 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, 5 high schools, 12 public district schools, 2 Public Charter Schools and 48 private schools in Laramie. The top-scoring elementary schools in Laramie, measured against national educational criteria and scoring out of 10 are Velma Linford Elementary School (8) with 302 students and Slade Elementary School (8) with 268 students. The top-scoring middle school is the UW Laboratory School (7) with 272 students. Laramie High School (6) with 1,064 students is the top high school.
Laramie may not be large as some cities, but it is nevertheless an affordable and lovely city to live in. The average work commute of only 13 minutes is also a great attraction. Laramie also has a lower cost of living than most cities in America,
Laramie is noted as being one of the more educated cities in America, in excess of twice the national average for American cities as a whole.
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