Douglas, Wyoming

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Douglas is a city in Converse County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 5,288 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Converse County[3]. The former railroad passenger depot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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History

Douglas was officially founded in 1886 when the Wyoming Central Railway (later the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company) established a station. However, the settlement had been in existence since 1867 when Fort Fetterman was built and was first known as “Tent City”[4] before it was officially named "Douglas", after Senator Stephen A. Douglas.[5] It served as a supply point, warehousing and retail, for the surrounding cattle ranches, as well as servicing railway crews, cowboys and the troops of the US Army stationed at Fort Fetterman.

Douglas was the home of a WWII POW Internment Camp which housed Italian and German prisoners.

Geography

Douglas is located at 42°45′22″N 105°23′4″W / 42.75611°N 105.38444°W / 42.75611; -105.38444 (42.756008, -105.384555)[6].

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