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Frontier Prison Gas Chamber The Frontier Prison: This complex which is located only a few blocks from downtown is where, until 1982, housed all prisoners incarcerated by the State of Wyoming. Since the new penitentiary was built south of town, the old site has been utilized as a historic site. The facility was opened for visitors in 1987 and tours are now conducted daily in the summer time and on an appointment basis in the winter months. It is a very unique site which also houses a museum of peace officers memorabilia. In a recent election, money was earmarked for stabilization of the site where monies will be spent to repair a leaking roof and rebuild the old cafeteria where a resident artist painted several murals on the walls. Several years ago the prison was used to film a movie called 'Prison' where many of the local residents were hired as extras. Last year 30,000 people came here to take the tour and much effort is being expended to make it an even more attractive tour in the future. If you are in the area, do yourself a favor and sign up for a tour, you will not be disappointed. Pictured is one of the young, enthusiastic and fun tour guides showing off the gas chamber which is one of the focal points of a tour.

The downtown area of Rawlins consists of many historic buildings build in the early part of the 20th century with some very interesting architecture. In 1987, a mural was painted on the side of what was then the WoolWorth's building which depicts the many wildlife species which abound around Rawlins. It is quite interesting a worth the time to take a look. In 1997, the renovation work on the old Union Pacific Depot was completed and the building is quit handsome and is now used as a meeting place with three rooms for use by the public. It is hoped this area will become a focal point of the downtown area since a park has been created across the street with a gazebo and fountain and lots of open space for picnics, playing and relaxing.

Rawlins Mural

Tina Hill, Director
Old Pen Historic Site
500 W. Walnut St.
Rawlins, Wy 82301
Ed Vandenburg, Director
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1331
519 W. Cedar St.
Rawlins, Wy 82301
Kevin Skates, Director
Rawlins Family Rec Center
1616 Harshman St.
Rawlins, Wy 82301

New Pen
The Wyoming State Penitentiary - 1985
Old Pen
The Wyoming State Penitentiary - 1901

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