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Laramie County

 

Laramie County is named for Jacques La Ramie, who was a French Canadian fur trapper.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Platte County and Goshen County

E – Banner County, Nebraska and Kimball County, Nebraska

S – Weld County, Colorado and Larimer County, Colorado

W – Albany County

 

Created:  January 9, 1867                      Map of Wyoming highlighting Laramie County
County Seat:

Fort Sanders  1867 – 1868

Cheyenne       1868 – present

 

County Courthouse – Cheyenne

 

Location:  309 West 20th Street / Carey Avenue

Built:  1994 – 1996
Style:  Modern
Architect:  Noel Griffith & Associates
Contractor:  Reiman Construction

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story dark blue colored glass, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Cheyenne. The main large arched stone entrance is along the north side near Carey Avenue. The first story is faced with stone. A large stone cornice runs along the flat roof. A second floor walkway connects with the government complex on the west side of Pioneer Avenue. The building is connected to the old courthouse on the south side. The building houses the County District Court and County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial District. The project manager was The Planning Studio.

 

Old County Courthouse – Cheyenne

 

 

Location:  310 West 19th Street / Carey Avenue

Built:  1917 – 1918
Style:  Classical Revival
Architect:  William Dubois
Contractor:  John W Howard

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Cheyenne on the south side of the courthouse. A secondary cornice separates the third and fourth stories. On the north side, the building is connected by a large glass atrium to the Laramie County Complex. The Dubois design is Classic Revival style with cut stone first story. The second and third stories are united by a row of Ionic columns. The building was originally the City County Building. In the interior the former courtroom is located along the south side of the third story and extends into the fourth story. The courtroom is now the Commissioner’s Meeting Room. The building houses the Commissioners Room. The architect was William Dubois and the contractor was John W Howard. The building served as the City / County Building. The building was refurbished in 1997. The architect was Rande Pouppirt and the contractor was Regency Construction. Project manager was The Planning Studio.

 

Note: The first entity called Laramie County, was created by the legislature of the Dakota Territory on Jan. 8, 1867. It encompassed the entire area that later became the territory and state of Wyoming, except for a triangle-shaped area west of the Continental Divide. The county seat was Fort Sanders, near the present city of Laramie.

 

See:  Located in the county is the Wyoming Supreme Court

 

History:  The county was created in 1867 and Fort Sander was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Cheyenne in 1868. The first courthouse was a two story red colored brick structure designed by Lewis & Bancroft and built by M V Boughton in 1872. The second courthouse was constructed in 1917 to 1919 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1994 to 1995.

 

 

County Courthouse – Cheyenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom # A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom # D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom # B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Cheyenne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner’s Meeting Room ( former courtroom )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2000, 2011, 2015 and 2023