The Cavalryman is located on the historic site of Fort Sanders just south of Laramie Wyoming on US Highway 287. This is a very pleasant location for a fine western style meal of beef, bison and/or seafood. The menu items are chef inspired by the western location and local lore. They offer several specials that change every few days. The Soda Bread is made from a recipe that is 160 years old. The service was excellent and friendly. This is a great place for the family gatherings, friends to meet or a romantic dinner. They are open daily at 4 pm.
The walls of the restaurant are covered with historic photographs from the Laramie Plains area and southern Wyoming. The old fort, railroad, politics, ranching, etc. are all represented. The wait staff have been well educated in the history and will answer your questions.
Fort Sanders was a wooden fort constructed in 1866 on the Laramie Plains in southern Wyoming, near the city of Laramie. Originally named Fort John Buford, it was renamed Fort Sanders after General William P. Sanders who died at the Siege of Knoxville during the American Civil War. This was the second fort to be named after Sanders, the first being in Knoxville, Tennessee. The fort was originally intended to protect travelers on the nearby Overland Trail from Indian attacks, but later the garrison was tasked with protecting the workers of the Union Pacific railroad when it arrived in the spring of 1868. In 1869 the town of Laramie (originally called "Laramie City") was created about 3 miles (4.8 km) north of the fort. Fort Sanders became less important following the construction of Fort D. A. Russell in Cheyenne in 1868, but the War Department maintained it until 1882 when the buildings were sold.
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