South Pass City State Historic Site

South Pass City State Historic Site

South Pass City State Historic Site
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jinshui
California399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We attended a 90 mins tour on labor day weekend tour of the Carissa Mine just before the SP City Historic Site.
The mine is usually closed to public. Our guide,John, was outstanding in his delivery and brought alive how mining operations would have been like decades ago. Many of the machinery were in operation, making it a lot easier to piece together how things would have worked. Life of a miner is hard! And, finding gold is very hard work!
Even if the mine was opened for self tour, without a guide to explain, it would have been different and less interesting to walk through the rooms after rooms of stuff. There were about 30 people in the tour, including kids as young as 3 and ages up to 70s.
It was so well done even the elementary and middle school kids were kept intrigued and engaged.
The $8 tour ticket included entry to the South Pass city. we went to do the self tour of SPC after the guided mine tour so essentially, the mine tour was free. It was very well worth our time. We had delayed our travels by one day to catch this tour. Kids under 17 were free. If you are WY resident, you pay $4.
We enjoyed the SPC self guided tour (detailed booklet with explanations). At SPC, don't miss the small walk up the hill on the left side to see the mine. We all ended our trip panning for gold in the river - very fun!
If you have time, preplan your trip to have a guide with you for the hikes in the area.
We spent 2-5.30pm at SPC including the 2 hour guided tour at Carissa Mine.
Written September 6, 2021
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pasherry
United States1,025 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Roads are gravel to get to this remote ghost town. Buy a ticket at the old Dance Hall building. Nonresident $5, WY resident $3, under 18 free. The fee includes the Carissa mine tour, but you have to make reservations for that. At one time there were tours of the town, but due to Covid you are given a self-guided walking tour map. The buildings are well-preserved but unfortunately you cannot walk into most as there is plexi-glass at the entrances through which you look into the interior. But you still get a sense of a once thriving community when there was gold in the hills. And the interesting history of how women got voting rights in WY before any other state and how this town appointed the first woman Justice of the Peace. There is a small gift store with snacks and plenty of picnic tables. Take your time and enjoy the history.
Written July 16, 2020
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revG777
Wausau, WI292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The ghost town itself has over 20 old buildings. The self-guided booklet gives you just enough information on each building without getting boring. My favorites were "Fort Bourbon", the Saloon, and the Hotel. Try to get there on a weekend so you can take a 90-minute tour of the Carissa Gold Mine (included in your $8 fee for the town).
Written June 29, 2022
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carlos alfredo p
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
This desert town is a well preserved historic site worth a detour. The 20 odd buildings and the gold mining operation are accessible and catapult you to mid 1800s like few museums could. Strongly recommend a stop here
Written August 3, 2022
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Amy M
81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
It's an old gold mine... With working parts. We took a tour, guided by (must have been) one of the top historians for the site. He had great information and was able to answer all questions from the group.
It was insanely windy, v which they said it always is. The machinery is insanely loud and our guide stated that the men they were able to talk to about working in the mine were all deaf.
Really something to see. I'm glad we were able to visit it.
If you are able to get there, absolutely take half a day and check it out.
Written June 17, 2022
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JMaher99
Houston, TX57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Fascinating place to understand how miners and pioneers in the area lived. Well-preserved buildings, laid out along walkways with good historic info. Scenic drive to access, near Lander, WY.
Written June 29, 2023
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RozzyW
Tampa, FL289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
Historic mining town that was on the Oregon trail offers fascinating glimpse into what life was like during the gold rush. It’s a living history lesson! We drove 3 hours from Cody to visit and it was worth the drive. One of the highlights of our WY visit.
Written June 21, 2020
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OnYourMarkTravel
Wyoming1,981 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
When comparing the two visits we made to this place, we would strongly suggest going with a tour. It's not bad to wonder and figure things out for yourself, but with a tour guide, the place comes alive. It is a hard place to find in the middle of nowhere and can also take some time to figure out your surroundings once you're there. We have enjoyed both of our visits (with and without a tour), but our children had a better time with a tour. It does get chilly, so be prepared to wear a jacket. You should also check out the nearby mines to catch a glimpse of why this place became a boom town in the first place.
Written September 5, 2019
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thunefeld
Borrego Springs, CA619 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
Spent the day following the Oregon and Emigrant Trails over the Continental Divide in the Rockies via South Pass. South Pass City - now a State Park - gives an excellent glimpse into the lives of those who lived here 150 years ago. The entire area - over the pass, then through the high (7500 foot elevation) deserts of southwest Wyoming - paint a picture of those who walked through the pass seeking the promised land. Contrary to the movies, wagons were full of supplies and furniture - not people. Adults and children walked, day after day, over desolate terrain, all the way to the Pacific Ocean - just 150 years ago- with only a 90% chance of survival. And we get upset when our luggage is delayed 30 minutes in the air-conditioned airport?
Written August 12, 2013
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elegantraveller
Gloucestershire, England429 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
It was the end of a busy day and the rain was just starting. Should we bother driving down that unmade road or perhaps just go straight on to our hotel? How glad we were that we decided that, since we might not come this way again, we should make the effort!! The rain stopped and we had a really happy hour or so wandering about this strange little place. "Enter through dance hall" to buy tickets and pick up a guidebook and from there wander around as you please.
The whole place is really well maintained and the guidebook offers all the information needed to make the most of whatever time you have. Had it been earlier in the day, it would have been great to sit and enjoy a picnic, to relax and just make the most of being here. As it was, we left feeling very positive about South Pass and recommend making the effort!
Written September 3, 2019
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