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Wyoming Frontier Prison

500 W. Walnut St, Rawlins, WY 82301
(307) 324-4422
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Rawlins
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Traveler Description: The Wyoming Frontier Prison is the original state penitentiary, open from 1901-1981 (not to be confused with the Territorial Prison located in... more »
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Hudson, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We recently visited the Wyoming Frontier Prison and were not expecting anything really exciting. However, we took the hour long tour and enjoyed every minute. It was an excellent learning experience and you could feel yourself being transported back to frontier times when this prison held many of the "outlaws" from this time period. While on the tour, you will... More

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Provo, Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We visited the Frontier Prison and did their one hour tour, it was informative and interesting. If you like history, this is a must see.

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Umatilla, Oregon
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited the Laramie territorial facility before touring the WFP and I wasn't pleased. The preservation is over the top and the prison did not feel authentic. Here in Rawlings, the prison is almost exactly as is when it was decommissioned. The guided tour is a nice touch (ask to have Trevor, if at all possible) and I was surprised... More

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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Did you know this is one of the Top Ten Most Haunted Places in America?? I didn't. But of course, as soon as someone TOLD me that, then I started 'feeling' things and freaking myself out. :) I am kicking myself because I don't know the name of the girl who lead our tour, but she was FABULOUS. (Oh, and... More

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Utah
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This museum is excellent. The tour guide gave an excellent presentation. We were surprised to find this prison operated until 1981. Very easy to spend 2+ hours here.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What a great tour, lots of history. The place is kind of creepy and supposedly haunted. Had a great time, no information about the prices on the website, I thought it was a bit pricey when we got there, but worth seeing once. Death row was interesting, and you can sit in the gas chamber.

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Centennial, Colorado
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254 reviews 254 reviews
181 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The tour did not start till 10:00 AM. I did not have time to wait around. When I first arrived, I was so surprised how beautiful a prison could look from the outside. I went to go take pictures of prison from the outside and there was a deer eating grass. The deer was not even phased by our presence... More

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Johnstown, Colorado, United States
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130 reviews 130 reviews
23 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Wandering the halls of this place puts your mind in a different place and time. To think what life was like through the history of this place gets your creative juices flowing. Not to mention how many thousands of Wyoming license plates were made here... back in the day! This is a very worthwhile stop if you are in the... More

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Arapaho
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22 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had some time to kill in Rawlins and thought it would be interesting to visit a prison and it was. The young lady guide knew a lot about it and told some great stories, we were sure glad we didn't have to stay in this place.

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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My husband and I toured this facility on the way to our honeymoon in Denver, and it was almost the highlight of our vacation! Very neat old building with a ton of morbid history. Whether you're there for the creepy factor or the educational factor, you will get both. The tour guide even allowed us to sit in the gas... More

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