In 1849, the United States took over the dilapidated Fort William trading post and renamed Fort Laramie. Painting by Alfred Jacob Miller
by Major Winslow Sanderson, the government purchased the fort from
the American Fur Company for $4,000.
first incarnation, the fort was a vital outpost of commerce during
the era of the fur men, and it became a central landmark to nomadic
tribes who traded furs with white men.
As a military
post, Fort Laramie would host a number of important treaty councils
between federal treaty commissioners and western tribes.