1370 McCue St.
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: (307) 745-8900
Fax: (307) 745-5806
The Wyoming Territorial Prison was built in 1872 and spread across almost 200 acres. Known to impersonate some of the most notorious and dangerous criminals of its time, it is mostly known to be the only prison that Butch Cassidy had been held captive in. The original cells with prison graffiti on the walls are still there and attract huge crowds of tourists. There are group tours available but the prison can be explored without a guide too. After you pay a nominal tour fee, you are handed over a mug shot of a prisoner and you are required to research the history of the criminal throughout your visit. Hence, the interesting stories and exhibits are bound to win over the imagination and fancy of adults and children alike.
A city that has seen the brunt and glory of the Wild West, Laramie has survived its wild and uncertain years to emerge as an important city. Its history dates back to the early 1860s, when the railroads brought in people, money and businesses. However, with prosperity, came lawlessness, and in the mid-to-late 1860s, there were murders and a general disobedience to law and order. Fortunately, the town cleaned up, thanks to vigilantes backed by the government, and the city prospered economically and politically, being also the first city in the world to give women equal political rights as men. Today, Laramie is a thriving tourist destination with a lot to offer travelers, including annual events like Laramie Jubilee Days. See the website to know more.
The Gryphon Theatre is a place where one can enjoy talented performances by established as well as budding actors. The theater is a local gem and it hosts interesting events such as concerts and local gatherings in addition to performing arts.
Driving along the historic Lincoln Highway, or the I-80, declared a place of National Historic Interest in 1978, there are plenty of interesting sights to see. On of the most impressive, and unexpected, is the giant rendition of President Abraham Lincoln's head rising above the vast emptiness of the deserted landscape along the route. The monument was built originally to mark the highest point of the highway. It was moved to its current place at the completion of the I-80 in 1969. The 13 foot tall bronze bust is perched on a 30 foot granite block and looms over the landscape. The monument was constructed in 1959 by Robert Russin, sculptor and artist, best known for his interest in public art works. Certainly worth a stop while driving past.
The Ames Monument was constructed in 1882 at the exorbitant cost of USD65,000 by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. The pyramid, designed by well-known American architect Henry Hobson Richardson is a great example of his particular style of architecture and features elements common to several of his works like use of native materials and drawing inspiration from the raw power of nature and rock. A memorial for the rather infamous Ames brothers, whose wealth, persistence and talent largely led to the first transcontinental railway being built, the monument stands to this day in a largely deserted location, as the rail route was altered away from its original spot, leading to the area becoming largely uninhabited again.The monument denoted the railroad's highest point at 8,274 feet(2514 meters). The monument is easily accessible from the I-80 and within 20 miles of Laramie and 35 miles of Cheyenne.