"Historic Fort Laramie - Hospital Ruins" Fort Laramie Things to Do Tip by Toughluck

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On the hill to the north stand the ruins of the post hospital erected in 1873. The hospital contained a 12-bed ward, dispensary, kitchen, dining room, isolation rooms, surgeon's office, rooms for orderlies and storage, but no laboratory or operating rooms. It was the first lime-concrete building erected at Fort Laramie. There is good evidence that this building stands in the midst of the cemetery used by the fur traders before 1849 and by the Army before 1868. These early burials, probably including that of Milton Sublette in 1836, remain undisturbed.

It was a hot day and the ruins are up on a hill. The distance, lack of shade, and lack of water (up there) discouraged us from heading that way. It is interesting that the hospital was located so far from the rest of the Fort. Obviously, an attack was not expected when the fort was designed.

Address: west side of the fort
Directions: visible on the rise as you approach the park entrance and then it's south of the entrance road and the parking lot.
Phone: (307)837-2221
Website: http://www.nps.gov/fola

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  • Updated Oct 3, 2007
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