Where is Wyoming Frontier Prison?
The former prison in Rawlins was one of the reasons for me to stop for a day (two nights) in Rawlins on the way to Yellowstone (and Carbon County, See review).
The prison was in operation from 1901 to 1981, it was little changed when it was “put into operation” as a Museum in 1988. The conditions for the inmates are hard to understand otherwise — it was certainly no fun to have been locked up there, and one learns this during a guided tour. You can enter many individual cells, learn a lot of stories about inmates and processes from the dedicated young leaders.
Death cells, the gallows and the gas chamber contribute to the goose bumps; the various stages of expansion and security measures up to the stories about dark cells and solitary confinement. My 16-year-old son was very impressed, he had never felt so much authenticity in a Museum, because here everything is past reality, not just abstract Museum.
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