Laramie Mural Project

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, were in Laramie, Wyoming.   Walking toward the train depot, we saw great murals.

Great fish

Great fish

Look at this one.

More bright fish.  From same wall

More bright fish. From same wall

The Laramie mural project is a joint venture between the University of Wyoming Art Museum, local Laramie artists, downtown business owners and the Laramie Main Street Alliance.   The blank walls of buildings, usually the back of the building, are painted.

We love Mr. Peanut and the flowers

We love Mr. Peanut and the flowers

We really want to show you some more of what we saw.

Escape.  This is the beginning

Escape. This is the beginning

And…

This is the rest

This is the rest

We hope you go to Laramie, Wyoming to see these murals.

We love the bright colors

We love the bright colors

We saw them in different places as we were walking around.

Isn't this great?

Isn’t this great?

It was fun to turn a corner and see another mural.   You can get information and locations of the murals from the visitor’s center.  We did not.  We enjoyed just walking and discovering murals.

Painted on two walls

Painted on two walls

We probably did not see them all, but we liked all that we saw.   For more information visit http://www.LaramieMuralProject.org   We know you will enjoy a day or more in Laramie, Wyoming.    We did.

Downtown Laramie, Wyoming

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck wandered through downtown Laramie, Wyoming.

We liked the sign.  The sky looks threatening.

We liked the sign. The sky looks threatening.

Laramie has signs for a walking tour of the area.   We saw the remaining stones from the Bucket of Blood Saloon.   Lawlessness was a way of life.   In the early days Laramie was run by 3 criminals:   the self appointed Marshall, the Mayor and the Justice of the Peace.  Rules were decided in the back room of their saloon.  Landowners were forced to give up their land and miners had to give their claims.  If they refused, the gunfights in the streets leave no doubt as to the name of the saloon.

This all that is left of the Bucket of Blood Saloon

This all that is left of the Bucket of Blood Saloon

The Bucket of Blood was aptly named.  We ducks always follow the laws, so we would have had a difficult time in Laramie’s early days.

The sign said that about 1868 Laramie had 23 saloons, but not one church.   So, St. Matthew’s cathedral was constructed.

St. Matthew's Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming

St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming

This is a beautiful cathedral.   Next we spotted The Chocolate Cellar.

We love chocolate

We love chocolate

Now we really love Laramie.   This stone building got our attention.  We think the stones are very attractive.

Made of stone

Made of stone

One side of the building is Inner Balance Healing Center.   The other side is Therapeutic Massage.   We like these old buildings.   Albany County Courthouse is still used today and looks very impressive.

Albany County Courthouse is still in use today

Albany County Courthouse is still in use today

We smiled at this sculpture in the front lawn.

Animals at play

Active animals

Laramie is nice.   We are glad we visited downtown Laramie, Wyoming.

Laramie, Wyoming and the Union Pacific Railroad

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, went to Laramie, Wyoming.   Laramie was founded in 1868 when the Union Pacific Railroad came to town.   This sign tells about early Laramie.

Laramie in the early days

Laramie in the early days

We will talk about the women of Laramie on a later day.   Since the Union Pacific was a huge influence in the founding of Laramie, let’s talk about the railroad.   This is the old train station.

This luggage cart is great for ducks, also

This luggage cart is great for ducks, also

We liked the luggage cart here.  There are no passenger trains coming to this station now, so the train station is now a museum.   This sign is reminiscent of the past.

Once this was a very busy train station

Once this was a very busy train station

We saw the engine and some cars from an old train.

Winters here must have a lot of snow.

Winters here must have a lot of snow.

The plow on the front of the engine looks like it could clear the train track in any weather.

There are many train tracks.  This bridge allows pedestrians to cross all these tracks.

Great bridge system

Great bridge system

We ducks are ready to cross the bridge, maybe.

Too many stairs for ducks to climb

Too many stairs for ducks to climb

It was too big for us, so we were carried.  Thanks mom.   This is really a long bridge.

Long bridge to cross all the train tracks.

Long bridge to cross all the train tracks.  It was too windy for us.

We spend some time in Laramie and thought it was a nice town.   The University of Wyoming is in Laramie, also. We liked Laramie and hope you will visit and enjoy this city also.   We are happy the Union Pacific Railroad came here to start the city of Laramie.