Back In The Day, This Little Wyoming Town Was A Mafia Mecca

Wyoming history is filled with outlaws, but it’s probably Wild West gunslingers like Butch Cassidy or Kid Curry who come to mind when you think of the criminal element in the Cowboy State. One thing is for sure – the mafia isn’t usually associated with Wyoming. However, organized crime plagued the state for much of the early 20th Century. In fact, one small town in the southwestern part of the state attracted quite a few East Coast crime families. Some were even connected with big names in the mafia world, making Rock Springs as much a crime hub as it was a coal capital.

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Have you heard tales of gangsters in Wyoming’s past?