Fort Laramie National Historic Site, United States of America

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Project NameFort Laramie National Historic Site
CountryUnited States of America
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Data Type Size Device Name Device Type
LiDAR - Terrestrial0.5828 GBLeica SS2 Time of Flight Scanner
Site DescriptionAlthough small, measuring 100 by 80 feet, the construction of the site's first building in 1834 marked the beginning of a major transformation in the American west. What would later become Fort Laramie, began as a trading post where it's owners primarily traded buffalo robes with local American Indian communities, particularly the Lakota or Sioux. Throughout the mid to late 1800s, the site changed alongside the decline of the buffalo population, the intensive westward movement of emigrant populations, and the US government's militaristic takeover of American Indian lands. Fort Laramie became one of the most consequential military posts on the northern plains, playing a significant and controversial role in American Indian relations. As the 19th century came to a close along with Western expansion, the role of the fort diminished. The buildings on the site today reflect a significant turning point in shaping the American landscape today.
Project DescriptionIn 2009, Wyoming's Fort Laramie was the subject of a digital preservation pilot project between the National Park Service, CyArk, and the University of Colorado, Denver. The documentation of Fort Laramie focused on the four remaining buildings of Officer's Row (Old Bedlam, Post Trader's Complex, Post Surgeon's Quarters, Lt. Colonel's Quarters), the adjacent Parade Ground, and the ruins of the Post Hospital. The team used laser scanners and photography to capture the interior and exterior of the buildings as well as the surrounding grounds for context. The project produced highly accurate 3D data to aid in the ongoing conservation and restoration work of the fort. Additional 3D reconstructions, animations, and other multimedia were generated to supplement existing educational and interpretive media.
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Collection Date2009-09-18 to 2009-09-21
Publication Date2019-04-18
License TypeCC BY-NC-SA
CollectorsCyArk , Sky Bucket 3D
FundersNational Park Service
PartnersCU Denver
Site AuthorityNational Park Service
CyArk 2019: Fort Laramie National Historic Site - LiDAR - Terrestrial . Collected by CyArk , Sky Bucket 3D . Distributed by Open Heritage 3D.

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