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About - Wyoming Territorial Prison 

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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.

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

 

Historic sites are now open

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Hours

 

Open All Year

LAST ADMISSION TICKET SOLD ONE (1) HOUR BEFORE CLOSING

May – September 

  • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

October – April 

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

Holiday Hours

The Historic Site is OPEN on the following holidays:

  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day

The Historic Site is CLOSED on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving (November 24 and 25)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • New Year's Day (January 1)

Tour Information

GUIDED TOURS are typically offered late May - early September and are included with the entrance fee. Times and days are subject to change. Pay entrance fee upon arrival.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS are available during open hours. Pay entrance fee 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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