Here are some questions to ask before you visit Fort Laramie, while you’re there, and again after you return:
- Who lived at Fort Laramie?
- Was there ever a wall around Fort Laramie?
- How many different Fort Laramies were there? (Hint: this question does make sense.)
- What was life like at Fort Laramie for Indian, white and mixed-blood people during the fur trade?
- What was life like at Fort Laramie when pioneers were heading west in their wagon trains?
- What was the Oregon Trail? The California Trail? The Mormon Trail? What connection do they have with Wyoming? With Fort Laramie?
- What did Fort Laramie do for stagecoaches carrying passengers and U.S. mail? What was the journey like for the passengers? For the stage drivers?
- What did Fort Laramie do for the Indian people of the high plains and Rocky Mountains?
- Why did the U.S. Army buy Fort Laramie?
- What was life like for soldiers at the fort? For their officers? For the officers’ wives and families?
- Did any famous Indian people spend time at Fort Laramie? White people? Mixed-blood people? Who were they?
- Who could march faster, foot soldiers or horse soldiers? Where did the horse soldiers keep their horses? What did the horses eat?
- When did the army leave? What happened to Fort Laramie afterwards?
THERE ARE HUNDREDS of more good questions a person could ask about Fort Laramie.
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