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Albany County’s seat, Laramie, Wyoming, is just west of the state capital of Cheyenne on the Laramie River. It was settled in the mid 1800s where the Union Pacific was being built. It is also situated between two mountain ranges, the Laramie Range and the Snowy Range. It was named for French-Canadian trapper and fur trader Jacques LaRamie, who disappeared while trapping in the Laramie Mountains in the early 1800s, never to be seen again. It was founded as a tent city along the Overland Stage Line Route and part of the first transcontinental railroad and has been a rest stop for wagon trains bound for California, Oregon, and Utah, a military post, the Black Hills gold rush.

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