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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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Centennial, Colorado
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243 reviews 243 reviews
173 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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San Jose, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was as good or better than Alcatraz. Only $8 and well worth it. I was able to take lots of pictures, very, very interesting tour! There is a cemetery behind the prison and up the hill that is kind of cool/sad. Inmates who died while in prison and had no one to claim their body were buried there and... More

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Nederland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Been there! Fabulous. Deer roaming outside also. Interesting stories and hangman's area. A must see.

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Sandy, Utah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a funky roadside attraction kind of place. I arrived too late for a tour, but the museum was interesting on its own. There is a collection of clever items made by prisoners as well as stories of escapes and various prisoners who had been incarcerated there. It was a great place to stop and stretch my legs close... More

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Cornish
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour, we were a party of 13, small children to adults and 1 dog. Pets were welcome for the whole tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable, it was very interesting and we could of even seen more! Everyone in our party enjoyed seeing a dreary part of the past.

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Rochdale, England
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355 reviews 355 reviews
17 attraction reviews
531 helpful votes 531 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

It cost $8 each for the guided tour, which takes an hour, but it's well worth it. The cell blocks are very similar to Alcatraz, and the place hasn't altered much since its' closure around 1981 (apart from whem a movie company took it over and altered a few things.) Hopefully, the state will recognise that it could be a... More

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Chicago
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I am only guessing, but the tour along with the physical make-up of the prison looks realistic. Definitely not a place to hang out. We almost decided to not spend the time to take the tour (1 hour) after touring the territorial prison in Laramie. The Laramie prison has been completely rehabbed and is more like a museum of prison... More

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