Wyoming Territorial Prison Museum

Wyoming Territorial Prison

One of Wyoming’s oldest stone buildings, the Wyoming Territorial Prison housed more than 1,000 outlaws including the notorious Butch Cassidy. Built in 1872, the site served as a federal and state prison until 1903 when a new penitentiary was completed in Rawlins about 100 miles of Laramie.

13 of the prisoners were women. They had their own section of the prison, their own bathroom and did not have to do hard labor, but did do sewing and mending.

My favorite part of the tour was the Prison Industries building (aka the Broom Factory). Convicts produced approximately 720 brooms daily and were sold all over the US.

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