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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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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide talked too fast even though we asked her to slow down but we still learned a lot about life at the prison. I recommend the tour. There is also a museum to tour, they had some interesting characters at that prison, one man came back four times! There was also a big prison break of 29 prisoners,... More

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

Absolutely fascinating tour of this prison that closed in 1981. We had an exciting tour guide that walked us through the entire prison, explaining and stories in each area. You are shown the various cell blocks, social population areas, punishment areas, and the death row and death house that did change from a gallows to a gas chamber in the... More

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Fullerton, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

This was my first visit to a maximum security prison. It was Wyoming's first penitentiary and it operated for 80 years, closing in 1981. Over 13,000 inmates were housed there. The docents give a great tour, explaining the history and giving accounts of a variety of interesting prisoners, both men and women. There are photos of a number of the... More

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Sarah was the best guide a group could have hands down. This penitentiary is out of bounds creepy and the history immense. Can't wait to read the diary of the inmate we purchased in the gift shop. If you are in any way interested in history or the old west, you should take this tour. It'll take a long time... More

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Provo, Utah
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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
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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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18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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