Wyoming May 19, 2019
This Tour Of An Abandoned Wyoming Prison Is An Experience Unlike Any Other
Many people think of Wyoming has a wild, lawless state, but our history shows that we’re just as good as tracking down the outlaws as we are actually being outlaws. The historic Wyoming Frontier Prison is a testament to that, and today, you can tour the eerie prison yourself.
Rawlins, Wyoming is a beautiful and historic city, and it is home to the infamous Wyoming Frontier Prison.
The Prison was constructed in 1893, and continued to hold prisoners until 1981! For 88 years, this impressive and imposing structure held the most violent of Wyoming's convicted criminals.
Today, the historic prison has been turned into a museum, and Wyomingites are welcome to take a tour and see the site up close.
The Museum is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tours are offered at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Fronteir Prison was truly a terrifying place. It was home to a "death house", and the country's first gas chamber for execution.
Two executions were carried out using traveling Julien Gallows, and in 1916, a "death house" was constructed. These six cells housed the inmates on death row, and it was also the location of an indoor set of gallows. In 1936, the gas chamber replaced the gallows. 14 men died here - nine were hanged, five were executed in the gas chamber.
Wyoming Fronteir Prison is rumored to be haunted. Fourteen people were executed on site, and paranormal investigators can sense their presence today.
For a more in-depth look at the remnants of this historic prison, watch the following video from YouTube user Phil Leichtweis:
Address: 500 West Walnut Street, Rawlins, WY, 82301
Wyoming’s history is truly unique, and it is a state unlike any other! Read
11 Insane Things That Happened In Wyoming You Won’t Find in History Books to see what makes the Cowboy State truly stand out.