The Wyoming Frontier Prison is the original state penitentiary, open from 1901-1981 (not to be confused with the Territorial Prison located in Laramie, East of Rawlins via I-80). After closing its’ doors as a correctional facility in 1981, it was reopened in 1988 as a museum, and boasts being listed on the national registry of historic places.

The current operations of the museum include guided tours lasting about 1 hour in length, during which visitors explore 80 years of colorful history, complete with stories of train robbers, escape attempts, solitary confinement, and demonstrations and explanations of the two execution methods used during the prison’s operation. For the most up-to-date information regarding tour costs and hours of operation, please call (307)324-4422 or visit the official website wyomingfrontierprison.org, which will be available May 4, 2009.