After our Chapter meeting in September, some members took a group ride to Laramie to visit the Wyoming Territorial Prison. The Wyoming Territorial Prison is a must-see for anyone interested in history, crime, or the American West. The prison was built in 1872 and operated until 1903. It was home to some of the most notorious criminals in the Wild West, including Butch Cassidy.
The prison was built to house inmates from the Wyoming Territory, which was very large at the time and included parts of present-day Idaho, Montana, and Utah. The prison was designed to be a self-sufficient community, with its own farm, blacksmith shop, and other facilities. Inmates at the prison were forced to work long hours and were subjected to strict discipline and punishments. A visit to the Wyoming Territorial Prison is highly recommended to anyone interested in history and the Wild West. It is a very interesting and educational experience.