When the military abandoned Fort Laramie in 1890, civilians who had worked at the fort and those that had begun farming or ranching operations had to live independently of previous fort needs and activities. The article details homesteading and settlement of the "military reservation" and the civilians' actions to claim property and land. Trading stores, post offices, schools, churches, and recreation, to name a few are detailed. Photo: New Guardhouse, the school and commissary about 1915. [Fort Laramie National Historic Site collections]. ALTERNATE SUBJECTS: Military--Fort Laramie Military Reservation; Military--Fort Laramie Wood Reservation; 1862 Homestead Act; Homesteaders; Communication--Post Offices; Schools; Politics; Recreation; Churches; Holidays; Hunton, John; Hunton, Blanche; Riggs, Belle L.; Wilde, Joe; Wilde, Mary. Photo: Joe and Mary Wilde in front of Cavalry Barracks. [Fort Laramie National Historic Site collections]. Photo: Calvary Barracks [Cultural Resources Division]. Map: Fort Laramie Military Reservation. Map: Fort Laramie Military Reservation, correlated with boundaries of Goshen County. Photo: Water wheel by cavalry barracks. [Hebard collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming]. Photo: Huntons, about 1919, standing in front of the Officer's Quarters where they made their home. [Mrs. Ray M. Littler collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming]. Photo: Cavalry barracks, 1920s. [U.S. Department of the Interior photograph, Dan W. Greenburg collection, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming]. Annals of Wyoming cover date Autumn 2001.
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