Visited: Friday May 26th, 2017
Built in 1872 and in use until 1901 (when the prisoners were transferred to Rawlins) the Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic site is one of the oldest building in Wyoming. It was a federal penitentiary from its opening to 1890 then as a state prison until it closed.
It took us a few hours to explore all the different buildings on site during the self guided tour. There were very few visitors probably due to the thunderstorms that were passing by. We were able to keep dry during breaks in the storm.
We even had time for a few photo ops 🙂
This is not a place I would have liked to spend time back in the day. This was a silent prison. At no time where inmates allowed to speak.
This was also a working prison and included on site is an old Broom Factory. This may have been my favorite part!
Also on site is a church built in 1920 that was moved from Rock River, Wyoming.
They have also moved a cabin and barn to give a glimpse into the lives of those who lived in the area during the time the prison was open.
We always find it fun to look over all the brands. Good thing I don’t see our -d3 brand!!