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Wyoming Territorial Prison and Old West Park

975 Snowy Range Rd, Laramie, WY
+1 307-745-3733
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Ranked #3 of 16 Attractions in Laramie
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site has an incredibly rich history. Run as a federal (territorial) and state prison from 1872 to 1903,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Gordon, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I stopped here while in town for a graduation. I gotta say not what I expected at all. Everything was so interesting and loved learning about the history behind it all. If you come Laramie this is a must see

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This is a very good preservation of an old territorial prision. The tour is worth the time. It is interesting to find out "WHO" stayed here in the past; some well know characters. This is a great place to bring the family as the park and other buildings are well preserved and of historic interest as well. Bring a lunch... More

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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Great exhibits , well curated.Lots to see......Great gift shop and helpful staff and volunteers Go there ! :)

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Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited this old prison site on our trip to Laramie. It is a self guided walking tour that has occasional characters along the way. The prisons claim to fame is that Butch Cassidy was incarcerated here for a couple years. Very interesting account of his life is covered in many areas of the prison grounds. The inmates worked in... More

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Laramie, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great restoration of the Wyoming Territorial Prison supported by artifacts and photos of known criminals who were housed here. The Dinner Horsebarn Theatre and Museum, using the old horsebarn, has been fantastically repurposed. Expect to see what life in the 19th century was like, with the reconstruction of an old town and cabins. Even the broom-making is realistic! It's an... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Brought the family in to see this prison. They did a great job with the place. Quite a bit of pictures and stuff to read. I am sure that I wouldn't want to be in something the size of these cells.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

This was a fun place for everyone. I'm still not sure what is original and what was remade (it housed barn animals for the university for some time after it was a prison but before becoming a museum). Great stories of some of the famous people who were there. Just a cool place I'd recommend as a stopover.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 via mobile

Very nice museum/history/info. Bigger and better than you could ever expect for $5 adults, 2.50 (13-17) and free under 13. Really great 1-2 hour stop. Easy on and off freeway.

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Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We just popped in to see the info on Butch Cassidy and ended up staying for over 2 hours. The prison was great and the museum was so well done. The best part was the amazing photographs and stories of the prisoners. The details of their lives brought to life what it was like to live back in those hard... More

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Felton, Northumberland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We had a great half day at the prison. I had read about it in a newspaper and decided to check it out. It is a bit out of the way, but worth the drive. The lady at the front desk was very friendly and gave us each our prisoner identification. We were told to come back to the desk... More

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