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Re: Col. David Shanks
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Bruce,

Before I scoot back out, I would recommend that you contact the locals at the city of Laramie. I see that Univ. of Wyoming has an American Heritage Center in the Centennial Complex at 13th and Ivinson or P.O. Box 3924 Laramie, 82071, (307) 766-6385. Or, you could contact the Albany County Historical Society at 1409 Downey Street, Laramie 82070, (307) 742-5988. My source is from 1997, but maybe some of those contacts will still work for you. These are the only genealogical or historical societies listed in the city of Laramie.

I was amused to see that the city of Cheyenne sits in Laramie County, while the city of Laramie sits in Albany County. I should talk...the town of Laclede, MO is nowhere close to Laclede County, MO; Linn, MO is several counties away from Linn County, MO, and so on.

All this trouble over a poor French trapper who was found dead by a creek a few miles from a fur trade post, and the fur traders named the creek after him--Laramie Creek. I suppose those Wyoming folks liked the sound of his name, or perhaps they had a severe name shortage later, but they seemed to enjoy themselves by sprinkling that "Laramie" name all over the place. My apology to the great state of Wyoming if I bent any feelings, and please accept my gratitude for giving me a job and a home that summer those many years ago. I don't mean to be ungrateful. My wife of 38 years sends her thanks, too, as I proposed to her at old Fort Laramie that summer and she said "yes."

Bruce, I wish you well with your quest,
Bruce Nichols

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