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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, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The "Friends of the Old Pen" group that runs this old prison has put together an interesting (if macabre) two-hour tour.

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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

I toured this several years ago but I imagine it has not changed much. It is very interesting and creepy. Much more so than Alcatraz! i can't imagine having to be incarserated in this place! The tour is good!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Wasn't expecting too much excitement in touring a prison but was so wrong. We had a charming, enthusiastic tour guide who explained the running of the prison and gave wonderful stories as we toured. Seeing the gallows and gas chamber was very eerie and you could actually go into these and feel the tension The long tables in the dining... More

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ct
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is an actual prison that closed in 1980. The tour guide is very through in describing all aspect of the prison. Including the hanging room and gas chamber. It is well worth a tour, similar to prisons shown in movies, just like Shaw Shack Redemption.

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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 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
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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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