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Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

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Address: 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY
Phone Number: +1 307-745-3733
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Description: The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site has an incredibly rich...
The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site has an incredibly rich history. Run as a federal (territorial) and state prison from 1872 to 1903, it then became the Agricultural Experiment Station for the University of Wyoming after the State Prison relocated to Rawlins. The site is now operated as a Historic Site by the State of Wyoming.
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I liked that my sons, ages 12 and 22, had a good time and enjoyed very much the flattened and elongated coins they got there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Kelowna, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We were disappointed to see how much the prison has been renovated and spruced up. It obviously cost a pretty penny to do all the work but it detracts from the prison 'experience' that visitors like us want. They should have left at least one of the cell blocks in a state of authenticity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I liked that my sons, ages 12 and 22, had a good time and enjoyed very much the flattened and elongated coins they got there.

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The renovations done to this facility are simply amazing. The displays in all the buildings are extremely informative and well written. This was a great value. Lots of history here and a welcoming staff.

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Glendale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Growing up in Laramie I knew of the old territorial prison as a fancy cow barn. The UW agricultural college was using the whole prison site, and its decaying buildings, as an experimental farm. Then in the 1980’s some local boosters got the idea of turning the site into some sort of wild west theme park, with the notorious Butch... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

In Laramie for the weekend and this looked like a cool place to check out. It was. $5 entrance fee was very appropriate. Had an hour where I felt like a old west outlaw.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

After a long day on the road, wanted to get out of the car and explore a bit. This was located close to our hotel and we had been referred to as something to do. I was skeptical about taking my young kids to a prison, but it was really neat and they enjoyed it. Learned a lot about the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We stopped off at the Prison after a day on Snowy range. Took our two young boys, and some cousins. Let me tell you ,they had more fun in this Prison than we ever thought possible. Only down side was the Enormous mosquitos , they were rampant and blood thirsty. We got to the prison late in the day ,so... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

On a hot sunny day this was such an interesting place to visit. We loved it! These are very historic buildings and have been renovated extremely sensitively, not so you can't imagine how it would have been to be incarcerated here. The lady that was demonstrating how brooms would have been made at the prison was not only charming but... More 

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Weston, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The Territorial Prison was an interesting and enjoyable site. The docents were helpful, adding information as we explored the different buildings. The displays felt authentic and educational. We wished we had planned more time for our visit.

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Webster, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

What a nice surprise. We were greated warmly at the gift shop entrance and took the self guided tour. It was like stepping back in time to see the restored territorial prison. The exhibit about their most infamous prisoner Butch Cassidy was nicely presented and very informative. The prison workshop was also a treat as a docent in prison garb... More 

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Additional Information about Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site

Address: Address: 975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY
Phone Number: +1 307-745-3733
Location: United States  >  Wyoming (WY)  >  Laramie
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

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