This post is a continuation from my earlier post on Rawlins, Wyoming.
Even if you’re just passing through this small town, it’s worth it to stick around for a day or so. Rawlins has a lot of history and a quaint downtown area. There’s a museum and they’ve got The Pen – the Wyoming Frontier Prison. This was the first Wyoming Penitentiary, and was in operation from 1901-1981. While my husband was at work, my son and I took a tour. The admission fee was very reasonable at $8/person, and was a jam-packed hour of neat history. Below are some images that I captured during the tour:
This is where they played baseball games. The towns people would watch from the hill:
And this is the last view they had of the outside world while waiting for the floor to open:
The gas chamber. Kinda morbid, but my son wanted to sit in the chair (as do most people I’m sure – but not me), but he wanted to have the door shut too (shudder).
While doing research for this post from the hotel room, I realized that there was a nature trail and cemetery which I didn’t know about when I took the tour. Knowing this of course was a reason to go back for another visit:
This sign has the names of inmates and whether they were executed or died of natural causes: