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Wyoming Frontier Prison

  • 500 W. Walnut St. Map It
  • Rawlins
  • Jail

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Cold steel and concrete, the Death House, and the Yard are all part of the tour of the Wyoming Frontier Prison, which served as the state's penitentiary from 1901 until 1981. There are occasional midnight tours, and there's a Halloween tour.

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500 W. Walnut St., Rawlins, Wyoming, 82301, United States

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  • $7
  • Memorial Day–Labor Day, daily 8–5:30, call for limited hrs; rest of yr by appointment


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May 1, 2009

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The Wyoming Frontier Prison is the original state penitentiary, open from 1901-1981 (not to be confused with the Territorial Prison located in Laramie, East of Rawlins via I-80). After closing its’ doors as a correctional facility in 1981, it was reopened in 1988 as a museum, and boasts being listed on the national registry of historic places. The current operations of the museum include guided tours usually 1 hour in length, during which visitors

explore 80 years of colorful history, complete with stories of train robbers, escape attempts, solitary confinement, and demonstrations and explanations of the two execution methods used during the prison’s operation. For the most up-to-date information regarding tour costs and hours of operation, please call (307)324-4422 or visit the official website (currently under construction, but will be available May 4th,2009). Sarah Trapp Wyoming Frontier Prison Staff

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