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Doin' Hard Time
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Long ago constructed to incarcerate those individuals the law deemed to require punishment and seclusion from society – old prisons, penitentiaries or jails can still be found around the country.
Many of these structures housed common petty criminals to hardened criminals such as the Birdman of Alcatraz, Butch Cassidy, and Al Capone to name a few.
Today, the sounds of cell doors slamming shut or leg irons clanging against the floor are no longer heard, but these structures are still around and many have been converted into museums or are used for other uses.
YOUR TASK IS TO FIND AN OLD PRISON, PENITENTARY OR JAIL that is no longer being used to house criminals. This is a log anywhere cache.
* Take and post a photo of the prison, penitentiary or jail – it must include your GPS.
* Give location of the building and coordinates.
* If you know the history of the facility, the year it was built, the years it operated as a penal institution, please share that information.
* The usual locationless cache rules apply – one “find” per geocacher and each old penal institution can be logged only once.
* No old vacation photos or internet downloads.
The coordinates for this cache are for the Wyoming Territorial Prison. Built in 1872, this prison has been restored and is currently a museum. It is located in Laramie, Wyoming.
The arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad to Laramie City brought not only prosperity, but also problems in the form of unscrupulous ruffians to the area. The need for law and order, along with a place to house criminals, was quickly recognized. In December of 1869, a bill was passed by the territorial legislature approving the construction of the penitentiary. Federal funding was approved on July 15, 1870 for the construction of the Wyoming Territorial Prison.
During its use as a federal penal facility (1872 to 1903), more than 1,000 men and 12 women served sentences at the Wyoming Territorial Prison. Some of the West’s most notorious outlaws, including Butch Cassidy, spent part of their lives in this place that was “dedicated to evil doers of all classes and kinds.”
When Wyoming became a state, a new penal institution was built in Rawlins and the prison was turned over to the University of Wyoming for use as an experimental stock farm.
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Last Updated: on 11/15/2017 3:57:44 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (11:57 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum