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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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For prison buffs this is a must see. Very nicely done.

If you're into prisons, this one is nicely done. Lots of photos, stories, period artifacts, etc. All nicely restored, researched, and laid out great. Butch Cassidy did time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

If you're into prisons, this one is nicely done. Lots of photos, stories, period artifacts, etc. All nicely restored, researched, and laid out great. Butch Cassidy did time here so quite a lot of information on him. Cool prison wagon, cells are accessible and furnished for the period, and the broom factory is an awesome educational piece for kids as... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The prison is conveniently located just off I80 in Laramie. There are so many interesting aspects to this restored prison that it takes at least 2 hours to see it all. The most interesting aspect of the self tour is the area devoted to Butch Cassidy, the prison's most famous prisoner. Wyou enter the prison, you are given the identity... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Fascinating history of the Territorial prison system in Wyoming. Self-guided tours can be done on your own pace and allow more time to read the numerous exhibit descriptions and historical information. The guided tours are shorter and provide information that you might otherwise miss. I suggest the guided tour, then go back and soak up anything you didn't see or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Had to check this out while staying in Laramie at the Best Western, just the exit north of the Territorial Prison. This old prison housed some of the bad, bad dudes of the area, but none were hanged or put to death here. The prison has been completely restored so you can walk through it and learn how things were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great job of historical preservation of a post Civil War outpost of the Wild West. Insightful and informative bios of prisoners and prison life. Very good exhibit on Butch Cassiday.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Worth a visit. Spent about one and a half hours here - interesting and staff informative. Liked the idea of being given an ex - prisoner's ID as it gave a greater insight into just what some people were imprisoned for - in some cases what would be quite minor offences nowadays. Good section on Butch Cassidy and the Hole... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place was a great stop right off of I-80 during a long day of driving. We were able to stretch our legs during the interesting and informative self-guided walking tour. Our kids enjoyed climbing into old western vehicles including a prison stage coach and covered wagon. Highly recommend!

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North Platte, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was a really neat experience! You learn about the prison, the way of life, and of course the inmates! This place would be a neat place to take families with children. The staff are extremely knowledgeable and are very people oriented! There are other exhibits that are educational. On another plus note you get to tour the prison and... More 

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Interesting and entertaining visit. Good for adults and kids from 7 up. Really is the only thing to contemplate doing in Laramie....... DONT JUST DONT go into town. You will never get that time back.

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Well worth a visit. Very well done, with lots of attention to history plus photos and stories about various prisoners.

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