20 Interesting Facts About Laramie

Facts About Laramie

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Facts About Laramie

  1. Laramie was named for Jacques LaRamie, a French or French-Canadian trapper.
  2. Laramie was settled in the mid-19th century along the Union Pacific Railroad line, which crosses the Laramie River at Laramie.
  3. Laramie is home to the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Technical Institute, and a branch of Laramie County Community College.
  4. Laramie is located at 41°18′47″N 105°35′14″W.
  5. The city of Laramie has a total area of 17.76 square miles, of which 17.74 square miles is land and 0.02 square miles is water.
  6. The elevation of Laramie is 7,165 feet above sea level.
  7. Laramie is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States.
  8. The estimated population of Laramie is 32,711, as of 2019, making it the fourth largest city in Wyoming after Cheyenne, Casper and Gillette.
  9. The city was founded in 1868 as a tent city near the Overland Stage Line route, the Union Pacific portion of the first transcontinental railroad, and just north of Fort Sanders army post.
  10. Laramie is called the Gem City of the Plains, but the nickname doesn’t come from gem mining or pretty rocks.
  11. Louisa Swain, the first woman to vote from Wyoming in the General Election, Swain moved to Laramie after her sons settled in the Gem City of the Plains.
  12. The median age of the residents of Laramie is 26.1 years as of 2019.
  13. The Laramie Regional Airport, Built-in 1934, the airport was Brees Field until 1992, after United States Army general Herbert J. Brees. The terminal was newly redesigned in 2021.
  14. The Laramie Plains Civic Center is the oldest school building in Wyoming, having been built in 1878 – it was originally the East Side School.
  15. In 1869, Wyoming was organized as Wyoming Territory, the first legislature of which passed a bill granting equal political rights to women in the territory. In March 1870, five Laramie residents became the first women in the world to serve on a jury.
  16. Laramie’s total precipitation averages about 11 inches a year, and the average number of rainy days per year is about 86 inches.
  17. In 2011, German actor and writer Joachim Meyerhoff wrote his first novel, Amerika, about the year he spent as a student in Laramie.
  18. The City of Laramie has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent.
  19. In 2004, Laramie became the first city in Wyoming to pass a law to prohibit smoking in enclosed workplaces, including bars, restaurants and private clubs.
  20. The median household income of Laramie residents was $46,117 in 2019.


Facts About Laramie
Facts About Laramie
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