|Photo courtesy of Prison Web Site|
Taken when there was water in the Laramie River
(something we didn't see!)
|A line of MINI Coopers heading toward Wyoming|
|A shot from the co-pilot's seat|
|Inside the prison yard|
|The wagon that was used to transport prisoners. It was pointed out, the wagon had no springs!|
Some of the stronger fellows in our group were told they had to be the horses, while I encourage them along with my pretend whip!
|The prison had 3 tiers of cells. A guard cage could be used to view prisoners on either end of the prison.|
|The kitchen had a dumbwaiter that took food up to the 2nd floor dining area.|
|Prisoner intake room|
|The stockade was enlarged when it was discovered that prisoners could jump and climb over the original wall.|
Many prisoners escaped. In the first years, 25% made it to freedom!
We had a docent take us around and fill us in on some of the prison details. He described life in the prison as well. The prisoners were not allowed to talk. They had to walk in single file with a hand on the shoulder of the prisoner in front of them. The warden determined that prisoners would fare better if they had jobs. In addition to working in the kitchen or laundry, there was a work building within the prison yard. Broom making was just one of the trades, and it is still practiced today by paid workers.