There are literally hundreds of old
forts across the
ranging from military posts, to fortresses established by fur trading
companies, to private enterprises built solely to protect the pioneers
within. Though many of these old
forts are long gone,
there are dozens of others that continue to stand, some restored, some in ruins,
and others still currently serving as active posts.
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"Fort Laramie is one of the posts established
by the American Fur Company, who
well-nigh monopolized the Indian trade
of this whole region. "
-- Francis Parkman
Administration Building, June, 2007, Kathy Weiser.
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