Wyoming: Albany County

Albany County (pop. 36,299) is south of Converse County, along the border with Colorado.

Named for Albany, New York

The Laramie Mountains (including 10,000-foot Laramie Peak) are in the northern part of the county, and the Medicine Bow Mountains and Snowy Range are in the southern part.

Medicine Bow Peak, elev. 12,013

The county seat is Laramie (pop. 30,816), third-largest city in Wyoming.

Laramie has an elevation of 7,165 feet.

Laramie is the home of the University of Wyoming, founded in 1886.

It has about 14,000 students.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Laramie is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming.

Built in 1896

Laramie is 50 miles west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80. The route includes the highest point on all of I-80, at 8,640 feet.

Interstate 80 follows much of the route of the “Lincoln Highway,” the first transcontinental highway. A 13-foot-high bronze bust (1959) of Abraham Lincoln is located at the Summit Rest Area.

It was originally a half-mile away, on U.S. Highway 30.

A few miles away along I-80 is the pyramidal Ames Monument (1880), honoring brothers Oakes and Oliver Ames, who were instrumental in the construction of the Union Pacific portion of the transcontinental railroad.

It marked the railroad’s highest point.

Nearby is the “Tree in the Rock,” which has been fascinating visitors since the construction of the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s.

Limber pine (pinus flexilis)

Como Bluff is a long ridge near the town of Rock River (pop. 245). Many fossils of dinosaurs and other animals were discovered there in the late 19th century.


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