Laramie, Wyoming's Traveler Trivia

Be a traveler rather than a tourist. Get the behind-the-scenes stories on everything from comic heroes to outlaws in the Laramie area.
By Tori Peglar ,

1. Laramie Plains Museum at the Historic Ivinson Mansion

Ivinson Mansion

Photo by Elisa Rolle via Wikimedia Commons

Why go: See how the 1 percent lived in Laramie in the 1890s at this mansion that had running water, central heating and electric lights long before most in the area.

Little-known fact: Edward Ivinson was born in St. Croix before eventually making his way with his wife and daughter to Laramie, Wyo., where he worked as a banker.

2. Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site

Wyoming Territorial Prison. 

ACTB Photo courtesy of Laramie

Why go: Put yourself behind bars at this historic prison site built in 1872.

Little-known fact: It’s the only prison in the world to have housed the notorious Butch Cassidy.

3. American Heritage Center

American Heritage Center and Art Museum on the UW campus.

Photo courtesy of Albany County Tourism Board/Laramie Area Visitor Center

Why go: Inside this University of Wyoming building intended to embody the “sense of a landscape in formation,” according to its architect Antoine Predock, you’ll find remarkable archives from the papers of Stan Lee, creator of comic-book heroes Spider-Man and Incredible Hulk to the papers of vaudeville, radio and TV actor Jack Benny.

Tip: Check the Reading Room hours in advance at uwyo.edu/ahc/research/visit.html.

4. Wyoming House for Historic Women

Statue of Louisa Swain, the first woman to vote in the United States. 

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Why go: This museum honors Louisa Swain and 12 other Wyoming women who had far-reaching impacts on society.

Little-known fact: Swain became the first woman to cast a vote in the country in 1870 after Wyoming passed laws giving women equal rights as men.

5. University of Wyoming Geological Museum

Outside of the Wyoming Geological Museum, a boy recognizes "Arlo"

Photo by Brian Guile courtesy of Albany County Tourism Board/Laramie Area Visitor Center

Why go: See a 75-foot Apatosaurus skeleton, along with other dinosaurs in this museum. While alive, an Apatosaurus ate 1 ton of vegetation daily and weighed 25 tons. The museum's hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Admission to the museum is free.

Little-know fact: Disney-Pixar’s 2015 The Good Dinosaur featured a Wyoming Apatosaurus named Arlo.

6. UW Anthropology Museum

The woolly mammoth exhibit at the University of Wyoming Anthropology Museum.

Photo by Mike Gray courtesy of Albany County Tourism Board/Laramie Area Visitor Center

Why go: Trace the evolution of humans from their beginnings in Africa to the New World in exhibits on three floors.

Tip: Summer hours are 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Check the website to verify at uwyo.edu/anthropology/museum.html.

7. Summit Rest Area and Visitor Center

Lincoln Monument at Summit Rest

Photo courtesy of Albany County Tourism Board/Laramie Area Visitor Center

Why go: The highest point on the old Lincoln Highway, which was the country’s first coast-to-coast highway, was marked by this monument of President Lincoln's face.

Little-known fact: It took Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower 62 days to travel the entire 3,250-mile highway in 1919, which included layovers to rebuild bridges. At the time, volunteers in each county along the route were in charge of road maintenance.

8. Coal Creek Tap

Why go: Get a taste of Laramie’s former Wild West days when you sip the award-winning Bucket of Blood double red IPA. For a lighter drink, try Laradise, an extra pale ale celebrating Laramie in the summer.

Little-known fact: The red IPA is named after Laramie’s first bar, Bucket of Blood, run by three thieves who were half brothers.

9. Deerwood Ranch Wild Horse EcoSanctuary

Wild Mustangs

Photo courtesy of Albany County Tourism Board/Laramie Area Visitor Center

Why go: See the home to 300 wild Wyoming mustangs roaming on 4,700 acres just 35 miles west of Laramie.

Tip: Visits by appointment only at 307-399-9956.

10. Happy Jack

Why go: Home to three campgrounds, there are short trails to explore by foot, bike or cross-country skis.

Little-known fact: The area was named for "Happy Jack" Hollingsworth, a Laramie rancher in the 1880s who sang while he worked.

11. Vedauvoo Recreation Area

Vedauwoo Recreation Area. 

BHP Photo courtesy of Laramie

Why go: Camp, bike, hike and climb on the spectacular granite rock formations here.

Little-known fact: Pronounced “veee-da-voo,” this area is referred to by the Arapaho Indians as “Land of the Earthborn Spirit.”

12. Snowy Range Scenic Byway

Snowy Range Mountains

Photo by Brian Guice courtesy of Albany County Tourism Board/Laramie Area Visitor Center

Why go: This stunning road takes you past glacial lakes, granite peaks, gorgeous meadows and over the second-highest mountain pass in Wyoming. The highway is closed mid-November to Memorial Day weekend.

Little-know fact: It was constructed as a wagon road in the 1870s.

For more information:
210 E. Custer Street, Laramie, WY 82070
(800) 445-5303
visitlaramie.org