Fort Laramie was situated at the confluence of the North Platte and Laramie Rivers in Wyoming. It was the stopping point for virtually all emigrants headed west. It was the first and only civilization in hundreds of miles. There emigrants rested, resupplied, and prepared for their climb over the Rockies. The Vanguard Company arrived there June 2, 1847. It was considered the halfway point, and its significance on the Oregon Trail was critical. This episode features the scholarship of William Slaughter, Fred Gowans, and Michael Landon.