(Post #16 in the "Why I Love Laramie" series)
Trains. The Transcontinental Railroad. The main reason many towns across the mid United Stated exist at all. Naturally, these towns sprung up on both sides of the tracks and early on people just crossed them to get from one side of town to the other.
However, as towns grew and more tracks were laid, there came a time when it was no longer fitting, and downright dangerous, for people to make their way across the actual tracks. So that is how crossings like the Garfield Street Footbridge came about.
You'd think that by now it would be obsolete - a relic of old times. That everyone going anywhere just goes in a car. Surprisingly, a good number of people still use this bridge every day. Most use it as the crossing it was intended to be whereas others like to go up and just watch the trains - feeling, not just hearing, the roar as they rattle by underneath.
Its just another little piece of Laramie history that is still around. And seriously, the trains are amazing up close!