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About - Wyoming Territorial Prison 

Description:
 

The Outlaw Trail ended here! No need to commit a crime to Do Time at the Territorial Prison. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, explore this 1872 imposing stone structure that held “evil doers of all classes and kinds.” Built first as a Federal Prison (1872-1890), it later became Wyoming’s State Penitentiary (1890-1903). During the 30 years it was in operation, 1,200 prisoners (men and women) walked through the front iron doors and occupied the cells. Now a museum, visitors can walk the halls where prisoners were locked up, worked and lived.

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History:

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Outlaws, violent and desperate men (as well as women) plagued the Wyoming Territory. As settlers moved into the area they demanded law and order. The clash between Outlaws and Lawmen resulted in the building of the Territorial Prison. The Auburn Prison System was adopted to manage the prison population. Under this system convicts were sentenced to hard labor, required to be silent at all times, wear black and white striped uniforms, and their identities removed by replacing their names with numbers.

 
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Site Status

 

COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

Historic sites are now open with social distancing in place, including a limited number of visitors in some locations. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation and special guidelines.  

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Hours

 

Open All Year

COVID-19 special guidelines please wear masks inside buildings.

LAST ADMISSION TICKET SOLD ONE (1) HOUR BEFORE CLOSING

 

May – September 

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Daily
  • OPEN on Memorial Day - Independence Day - Labor Day

October – April 

  • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  (Wednesday-Saturday)
  • Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
  • OPEN on Veterans Day

The museum and site grounds will be CLOSED on the following holidays:

Thanksgiving (November 25 and 26)
Christmas (December 25)

New Year's Day (January 1)

 

GUIDED TOURS provided                           June - September ( Friday, Saturday, Sunday) at  11:00 am, & 2:00 pm.  No additional fees apply, purchase tickets upon arrival.  

SELF TOUR available during operational hours.  Purchase tickets upon arrival. 

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Phone Number

 

307-745-6161

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 Location

 

 Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
 975 Snowy Range Rd
 Laramie, WY 82070

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