Wyoming Frontier Prison Rawlins
Where are we going today?
If you love westerns, and those colorful and elaborate plots that they often encompass, then you might like to experience another part of what went on back in the Frontier days - the Wyoming Frontier Prison! Some say it's just as fun as the Western movies themselves!
The actual prison began being built in 1888, but did you know that because of the awful Wyoming weather, it didn't open for another 13 years? Then, in 1901 the prison opened, and the lucky prisoners who stayed in the 104 cells didn't have any running water or electricity (Pays to be good kids!)
During your time at the Wyoming Frontier Prison, you'll learn all about what it was like to have been one of the 13,500 people incarcerated - and only eleven of them women! You will learn all about the additions that were made to the prison, and what they did to relieve over crowding.
Kids - what do you think it would have been like to have been in such a place! (Not great we imagine!)
As part of the tour at Wyoming Frontier Prison, you also get to hear the grim details of what the disciplinary means were! What did they do to get thrown in the dungeon? Or perhaps they were thrown in solitary confinement...
Did you know that the first two executions were carried out using the "traveling" Julien Gallows? The first execution happened in 1903 - and after that they sometimes used the gas chamber. How horrible!
The Wyoming Frontier Prison - now on the National Registry of Historic Places, is a fascinating, eye opening and unique family day out idea in Wyoming (and it might inspire kids to be good and do their chores!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
Tours on the half hour 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tours May to September. Museum all year round. Closed Fri - Sun during winter.
Any Top Tips?
Keep an eye out for their seasonal tours - like the Halloween tour and night tours! .
Doing our bit
The museum is dedicated to looking after the history of this amazing place, so they are always preserving the history and educating visitors to keep the stories alive. .
Need a little extra help?
If you do have special needs or require extra assistance, just give them a call to see how they can help .
Can I get one of those?
There is indeed a gift shop! Take that pocket money because there is a host of souvenirs for all ages, including books and inmate made products! .
Keep in mind that through winter, the museum is open but the prison tours won't be. The tour schedule is also subject to change without notice. .
What people are saying?
by Jim P
It was an interesting picture into the reality of prison life for the past 100 years or so. Definitely worth checking out if you're looking for something to do in Rawlins. My only complaint was that the tour guide, who seemed to be a teenager, knew his spiel too well and spoke WAY too fast (even after being asked to slow down).
by Zoe Eubank
Ghost Adventures Collection Season 1 Episode 12!
by Liz Banda
The Frontier Prison is a great place to stop at if you are traveling through Wyoming on I-80. I have visited the museum 3 times during my summer vacations out west and each time learned something new and exciting about Wyoming's history. This is a fun place for people of all ages to explore.
by A Google User
I lived there in cell 7 tier 7 and was told by the guards that was Butches cell. Got busted for a stem and a seed of grass and was given life ( later overturned and reduced to 5 yrs). The place was haunted then and now. Wish I had the room to tell all. Peace.
by A Google User
Worth the stop! We went a little out of our way to see this place, glad we did. Interesting learning about the history and taking the tour.