National Register of Historic Places

Fort Laramie Three Mile Hog Ranch

Fort Laramie

Date Added to Register

Wednesday, April 23, 1975

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Originally the Fort Laramie Three Mile Hog Ranch encompassed between twelve and fifteen structures, all erected between 1873 and about 1885. When Fort Laramie ceased operations as a military post, it and several other hog ranches ceased operations. The Three Mile Hog Ranch buildings included a large loopholed barn, a grout swelling housing the bar, numerous cribs of two rooms each, several shops, a billiard hall and a sod corral. It earned its notorious reputation from its function as a social center for the soldiers stationed at Fort Laramie. Here soldiers spent their pay on cheap beer and hard liquor, cards, and on the ten or more prostitutes always in residence. The ranch also had an air of respectability. From 1876 to 1887 the Cheyenne and Black Hills Stage Company operated a hostelry there for its stage passengers. This function continued until the stage line was abandoned in 1887. The Fort Laramie Three Mile Hog Ranch was one of the very few military bordellos left in the western United States at the time of its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

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