Ice plants were essential to keep produce fresh as it traveled through the county, and some were built in Laramie. The Ice House in Laramie began down by the river and was bought by Knadler, a Fort Sanders soldier. The Union Pacific Railroad bought him out and built a bigger plant, which burned down and was replaced with a much larger ice plant uptown. A huge ice house was built over the years for the ease of handling ice and moving it on and off of trains.
After it was shut down, the town used this space for many activities.