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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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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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If you like history and the old Wild West you must visit this site! You won't regret visiting and you'll even learn a little about the local history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Dayton, Ohio
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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like history and the old Wild West you must visit this site! You won't regret visiting and you'll even learn a little about the local history.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Prison has undergone a great tour upgrade. When I first came here six years ago it was self guided, now they have some really knowledgeable tour guides who are walking encyclopedias on Billy the Kid and the jails history. The gift store is also pretty good and lots of local produce is available for purchase. Ill be coming back... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The old time prisoners are gone, so is the majority of the original building. Kids may like it more than seniors.

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Johnstown, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We had so much fun visiting the Wyoming Territorial Prison. There is so much history to learn and it's well presented. We especially loved going into the cabins and church, as well as the prison itself. Totally enjoyed our time!

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We were in town for parent's weekend at the University of Wyoming. The Territorial Prison was one of the "things to do" that was listed. We drove over and took the self guided tour. It was very interesting and worth visiting. Very reasonably priced admission, and the tour was both informative and interactive. If you are in Laramie, make sure... More 

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Kodiak, Alaska, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Definitely a place to see if you are in the latamie wy area. Especially if you are a Butch Casino fan. The prison building still stands with a lot of pics and little known facts.

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Bothell, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed the tour and especially liked the area where they made straw brooms. Nice gift store and very friendly docents.

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Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Excellent display of prison life and those incarcerated there. Several other buildings on the property like the broom factory where inmates worked. Unusual object on display that were found during the restoration.

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Laramie, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We went to visit but did not take advantage of the tour. This was a mistake, when we did catch up with it, there were so many things we would have missed, that we really do need to go back! The prison offers night tours, and haunted tours, and couple's tours as well, various times of the year, I really... More 

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Orange, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Unusual way to spend a couple of hours. We learned a lot about the history of the Prison and some of the folks who were housed there. You can sit in the chair in the gas chamber and take your photo. Our battery died on our camera while on the tour and the guide was so kind to take our... More 

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