Latitude / Longitude:
41°07′52″N 105°23′53″W / 41.13111°N 105.39806°W / 41.13111
8,035 ft (2,449 m)
Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
Sherman is a ghost town in Albany County, Wyoming, United States. Sherman is 19 miles (31 km) southeast of Laramie in the Laramie Mountains. It is named for William Tecumseh Sherman. The town was located at the summit of the original grade of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Although the railroad has been regraded and relocated through this portion of Wyoming, the name Sherman, or Sherman Summit or Sherman Hill Summit has been applied to the nearby summits of the modern transportation arteries in the Laramie Mountains.
The town of Sherman was named for William Tecumseh Sherman, purportedly at his own request. It was located about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) south-southeast of the modern Sherman Summit and was the highest point on the original alignment of the First Transcontinental Railroad of the Union Pacific Railroad, at an elevation of 8,247 ft (2,514 m). Prior to being named Sherman, Union Pacific construction crews had called the area Lone Tree Pass and Evans Pass. The original name honored James Evans, who surveyed the area searching for a shorter route through Wyoming than the earlier trails which crossed at South Pass.
Because the tracks were later relocated a few miles south, the original town of Sherman no longer exists, but this is still the location of the Ames Monument, erected by the railroad to mark its original high point.
As a result of the track relocation, the high point on the railroad, today known as the Overland Route, is now about 3.4 miles (5.5 km) southeast of the Ames Monument at 41°05’52N 105°21’03W, at an elevation of 8,014 ft (2,443 m). There is no town here, but the official railroad name for this location is, perhaps not surprisingly, Sherman. However, this point (like the Ames Monument) is not actually on the crest of the Laramie Mountains, which is now surmounted via the nearby Hermosa Tunnel at the slightly lower elevation of 7,960 ft (2,430 m).