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Wyoming Frontier Prison

Open Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This is a great place to visit. Very informative and full of history! Tour guides are pleasant and... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Rawlins, Wyoming
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Can not sit in a gas chamber just anywhere.

A very interesting place, so glad I happened to arrive in time for the 13:30 tour. The areas where... read more

Reviewed October 3, 2018
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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The eighty year history of Wyoming’s first state penitentiary, now known as the Wyoming Frontier Prison, is as colorful and elaborate as the plot of a classic western movie. The cornerstone of the prison was laid in 1888, but due to funding issues...more
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500 W Walnut St, Rawlins, WY 82301-4768
+1 307-324-4422
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a great place to visit. Very informative and full of history! Tour guides are pleasant and knowledgeable. It’s a definite stop on the next vacation!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 3, 2018

A very interesting place, so glad I happened to arrive in time for the 13:30 tour. The areas where executions where carried out are on view. A rather sobering experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 17, 2018

Tour lasted about one hour. Guide was knowledgeable. No regrets and would return when in the area again.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 10, 2018

We had a great guy take this your and he was excellent. The whole Prison which is pretty big is quite amazing and the history which goes with it even more so. It opened in 1902 and closed 1981 and there are some pretty amazing...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

This tour was an after-thought while roaming around this small town. The museum was good, if you are into something like that. The tour guide was informative and it was easy to ask questions, if need be from the customer. It made a person be...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

Easy to find and only a few minutes off the Interstate. You must take the guided tour, which is on the half-hour, in order to see inside the penitentiary. It costs $10 and is well worth it. More informative than our recent trip to Alcatraz....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 1, 2018

Impressive stone work. A large scale undertaking by the state. Large, looks like doing time there would be cold in the winter hot in the summer and unpleasant the whole time.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

The Wyoming Frontier Prison is a must see in Rawlins, Wyoming. They give about an hour long tour and it is very interesting. Kids, teens, and adults really seem to enjoy.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank schmeryl46290
Reviewed August 24, 2018

Guided tour, our tour guide was very nice girl and very knowledgeable. Seeing a real prison up close and personal was nothing like a prison scene on TV. Can't believe they actually had prisoners that got in trouble after release and returned. UGH. I believe...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Irene W
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

We had spare time before going to our hotel and decided to do the tour. It was a fun and educational tour. Our tour guide made this interesting and had many stories about the prison. Highly recommend seeing this.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Linda F
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June 17, 2018|
Response from Linda F | Reviewed this property |
I think that you just show up at tour time. If you have a large group, you might want to call ahead but we (and about 20 other assorted people) just showed up at tour time.
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Response from Kidzoomom | Reviewed this property |
Some places are but overall no.
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Response from Laura B | Reviewed this property |
He was in Lincoln Nebraska.