emigrants got their first glimpse of the Rocky Mountains when, near Scotts
Bluff, Laramie Peak appeared on the horizon. The Platte and North Platte
rivers, which the emigrants followed
through most of Nebraska and into eastern Wyoming, provided a broad, relatively
level, natural roadway which headed in the right direction and offered ready
supplies of water, forage, and game to hunt. But on the western edge of
the great plains, shortly after the emigrants passed Fort Laramie, the landscape
took on a different character, breaking up into a series of deepening ravines
and pitched ascents.
While many emigrants found their first glimpse of Laramie Peak awe-inspiring, it also dredged up their underlying anxiety as it signaled the beginning of their ascent into the mountains. From here on, the route would become more and more arduous. Laramie Peak would guide their journey for about a week. Although they would skirt the mountain itself, Laramie Peak was a towering presence that sometimes seemed to mock the emigrants as they struggled to ascend the more minor ridges nearby.
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No known threats. The site is not listed on the National Register