We have exclusive access to this very haunted Prison, including access to:
The Gas Chamber, Death Row, Cell Blocks, The Hospital Ward and many other areas!
Are you ready to step back in time and experience the harrowing halls of Wyoming Frontier Prison? With harsh conditions including no running water and inadequate heat, as well as years of overcrowding, many inmates met their fate within these walls – and not just those who were executed by the state.
Join us and explore the history of Wyoming’s first state penitentiary and feel the energy of the entities who are still imprisoned here – or perhaps of those who are still keeping watch.
Maybe you will catch an EVP of an inmate in need of a cigarette; or hear the bootsteps of a guard making his rounds. Many visitors report seeing apparitions or dark shadow figures out of the corner of their eyes. Some people claim to hear disembodied voices throughout the cell blocks.
Perhaps you’ll encounter the man wearing a wide-brimmed hat in the gas chamber and have the opportunity to ask him who he is.
Maybe you’ll hear the legend of the Pie Lady – a kindly, local woman who once made pies for the inmates – and who was later murdered by a felon out on parole. When he was caught and returned to the prison, other inmates took justice into their own hands and hanged the man over the second-floor balcony.
With up to 200 inmates rumored to die within these walls, there are plenty of stories to be told, if you are willing and able to listen. Are you ready to investigate on your own and find out who still resides in the darkness of this active and frightening jail?
It took thirteen years to complete the construction of Wyoming’s first state penitentiary back in 1888. Because of the inclement weather, as well as funding problems, this now historic building wasn’t up and running until December of 1901. When it first opened, the 104 cells that make up Cell Block A did not have any amenities: no running water, barely any heating, and no electricity.
The prison was in operation for eighty years, and during that time it is estimated that 13,500 people had been jailed here, including eleven women. However, in 1909, the last female inmate was transferred to Colorado and the penitentiary held only male inmates going forward.
As with many prisons of the time, overcrowding quickly became an issue and in 1904, and an additional 32 cells were constructed onto the west end of the building. In 1916, the “death house” was built - consisting of six cells to house death row inmates. An entire second cell block, now known as Cell Block B, was added in 1950 to help stem the continuing overcrowding problem. It included solitary confinement and boasted a much-improved heating system, as well as hot running water – a luxury that wasn’t afforded to Cell Block A for 28 more years. Finally, in 1966, the third and final addition was built: Cell Block C. Made up of only 36 cells, it was used for the most serious criminals and was considered the maximum-security section of the prison.
Inmates were exposed to numerous kinds of discipline at Wyoming Frontier Prison. They could be held in a dungeon, handcuffed to a “punishment pole” and whipped with rubber hoses, or subjected to different types of solitary confinement.
Fourteen men were executed at this penitentiary: nine by hanging and five in the gas chamber. Hanging was the method used until 1936 and this facility was equipped with “traveling” Julian Gallows, as well as an indoor version. Julian Gallows, named for the inventor, was a contraption which “used the prisoner’s weight on the trap to open a water valve that filled a barrel that knocked over a post supporting the trap, causing the prisoner to eventually drop without any hangman’s hand on a lever.”
However brutal and inhumane the prison may have been in terms of punishment and execution, prisoners were put to work making several types products throughout the years. Beginning in 1901 and until 1917, inmates made brooms - until the factory was burned down during a prison riot. Once it was rebuilt, it became a shirt factory which produced much-needed revenue for the state – until 1934 when a federal law was passed prohibiting the sale and transportation of prison-made goods across state lines. A woolen mill was started in 1935, which produced high-quality blankets for the military in World War II. Then, production lines changed one last time in 1949 – to license plates – which were made there until the doors of the penitentiary closed in 1981.
The building sat vacant until 1987. That’s when a film titled “Prison” was shot and substantial harm was done to the facility because it was not yet considered a historic site. A joint powers board took ownership in 1988 and it was named The Wyoming Frontier Prison. It opened as a museum and was added to The National Registry of Historic Places.
Come with us to investigate Wyoming’s first state penitentiary – known for its inhumane treatment and harsh conditions - where up to 200 men reportedly met their fate. See who you might be able to make contact with and hear their stories for yourself. If you dare…
Your ghost hunt at Wyoming Frontier Prison includes the following: