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Historic Sites
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The Old Wyoming State Penitentiary in use from 1901 - 1981 is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and offers hour-long guided tours that take visitors through three cell blocks, the cafeteria, the grounds and the Death House. Convolutions of Statehood inspired plans for a State Prison of Rawlins, just one score after the Civil War. Construction of the old prison began in the summer of 1888 and when great slabs of rock and sandstone were dragged from the Larsen Stone Quarry south of Rawlins.

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Fort Steele was laid out on June 30, 1868 by Major Richard I. Dodge at the place where the Union Pacific--the westward-building portion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad--met the North Platte River. It was one of three military posts established along the railroad in Wyoming during the 1860s to provide protection for the line, the work crews, and the communities that developed along its route. It was named in honor of Colonel Frederick Steele (1819-1868) of the 20th U.S. Infantry.

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Explore Carbon County’s rich history full of colorful characters, infamous outlaws and proud Natives.
Follow the path of the settlers, miners, ranchers, and trappers who called this area home.
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Carbon County Museum has exhibits highlighting the rich heritage of cattle and sheep ranching as well as mining throughout the county. Find Native American artifacts and cultural information. The Sweetwater one house school house is also on display. You will love the great displays in this museum showcasing Wyoming’s colorful past. The Museum contains photos, newspapers, files on various topics, manuscripts, justice dockets. Admission is free.

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The Museum, which is located in the old Community Hall building, is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Originally constructed as a saloon in 1890, the hall has served many purposes in the Union Pacific Coal Company Town. Sharin the Front Street site is The Miner’s Cottage, a restored exemplary Two Town House. The Hanna Basin Museum is an active participant in the Carbon Cemetary Restoration and Preservation Project.

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The Medicine Bow Museum is located in the old railroad depot, across the highway from the Virginian Hotel. The depot was built in November 1913, after a fire destroyed the original depot earlier that same year.

The Union Pacific Railroad closed the depot in 1981, and it was deeded to the Town and placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1982. In 1983, the depot became home to the Medicine Bow Museum and its colorful Old West and Local History Artifacts.

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The Saratoga Museum is housed in the town's original c. 1915 Union Pacific Railroad Depot. The museum opened in 1980 and provides an opportunity to explore the Platte Valley. We also feature one of Wyoming's largest and best gem and mineral displays. Including our newest exhibit of Wyoming jade with hundreds of specimens and much more.

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The Grand Encampment Museum, located in Encampment, WY, preserves history with its collection of over a dozen historical buildings filled with artifacts representing the timber, mining, and agricultural history of the Encampment valley. The Grand Encampment Museum is proud to feature the Bert and Vera Oldman research area and much more.

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The Little Snake River Museum is located in south-central Wyoming near the Colorado border in Savery. It was the Savery School for many years until 1972 when the Little Snake River Valley Schools were consolidated and all valley students were sent to Baggs. The public may use these facilities. Large tours or activities should be arranged for in advance.

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Pledge to Adventure Responsibly.
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We’re all longing for space to be wild and free. Wyoming offers that safe haven for visitors. But it comes with a responsibility. We encourage all who visit to join us in caring for the health of our natural spaces, the wildness of the outdoors and the well-being of ourselves and our neighbors.

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Travel Safe Resources
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Carbon County is a great place to rejuvenate your spirit! As you plan your visit view these helpful resources to help you plan a safe visit. Please stop the spread of coronavirus & travel responsibly.

History, legend and lore can be found in every corner of Carbon County.

Start exploring the colorful history of Carbon County by visiting our unique community museums. Museums include the Carbon County Museum, the Saratoga Museum, Fort Steele, the Grand Encampment Museum, Hanna Basin Museum, the Little Snake River Museum, the Medicine Bow Museum, the Mormon Handcart Historic Site, Parco/Sinclair Museum, the Baggs Outlaw Stop and many other sites of historic interest.

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