Every seven years, a ghostly figure can be seen riding on the plains near the old Fort Laramie, repeating the same ride over and over since it took her life in the 1850s. Today we explore the Fort Laramie National Historic Site, and the many ghosts that reside within.
In 1815-1816, Jacques La Ramee settled in the area where the fort that bears his name would later stand. La Ramee is also the namesake for the town of Laramie. He was a fur trader and trapper, and when he went out alone into the wilderness to seek out fur and never returned, local native Americans were blamed for his murder and concealment of his body in a beaver dam on the river.
The Fort itself was built in the 1830s, when Wyoming was still wild wilderness, and in the 1850s, a fur trading company sent an agent to live at the fort and the man brought his daughter with him. The girl was strong-willed and adored riding her horse, but was cautioned against riding without an escort. In a fit of adolescent rebellion, the girl rode out farther from the fort than would be allowed, and she was never seen again.
No one is sure what became of the woman, but the story goes that she can be seen repeating her ride in the land surrounding Fort Laramie once every 7 years. She’s known as the “Lady in Green,” due to her green riding attire and feathered hat. She was last seen in 2018, so logically, 2025 is the next time she’d be seen by those in the area. If you’re visiting, keep an eye out!
The Lady in Green may be the most famous ghost at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, but she’s far from the only spirit on the grounds. The former captain’s quarters on the site is known to be visited by a ghost known as “George,” and has been reported to be seen by many former military men, even back in the days of the Fort’s strategic military presence. Hundreds of former soldiers are also said to haunt the former barracks, and cavalry officer is said to walk the grounds near “Old Bedlam,” and urge visitors to be quiet, before disappearing.
A headless man who throws stones into the nearby creek is also a frequent apparition, as well as a doctor in a blood-soaked coat, and a young man wearing a raincoat. There are also reports of an angry Civil War soldier stalking the grounds, but no word as to whether he was union or confederate.
With so many haunting appearances, could Fort Laramie National Historic Site be the most haunted place in Wyoming?
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Born in Death Valley and raised on the prairie, Deborah is a Wyoming-based paranormal researcher and a senior at the University of Wyoming, studying Communication. Her interests lie in folklore, history, rhetorical analysis and research. With an obvious love for ghost stories, frequently those interests combine with her work on Ghostlandia.