Laramie is both a small western town (mostly ranching), and a university town. The transcontinental railroad runs through, and you can find the monument to the robber barons that built it just off I-80. Steam engines capable of climbing up to the summit to the east, and down the other side, needed frequent repair, so Laramie and Cheyenne developed as major shunting yards. Our other claim to historical fame is the Territorial Prison (now a museum), where outlaw Butch Cassidy enjoyed a brief sojourn. Laramie’s downtown still features the false fronts and high ceilings you expect from his era, and local lore says that until recently (the 1970s), it boasted brothels Butch would have appreciated. The Cowboy and Buckhorn bars will bring you as close to that outlaw experience as today’s Laramie can allow. If you are seeking a more law-abiding Laramie, check out the Ivinson Mansion, home to the great and the good in the nineteenth century. For other Laramie tourism information consult http://www.visitlaramie.org/index.html.
As for the University of Wyoming, it centers around Prexy’s Pasture--where students, by law or lore, can graze a horse.
We have designed the conference to coincide with Laramie’s Jubilee Days and the Rodeo so that you can be wild and western and suitably academic all at once.
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