Pardon Us, Please??

When Matt and Sherry agree to join me here in Laramie, I am not sure Sherry expects the trouble she will experience trying to keep Matt out of a Wyoming Prison.  First Matt is sentenced to hard labor making brooms here in Laramie.  Next he finds himself behind bars in the Wyoming State Pen in Rawlins, WY.

Maybe Matt won't have to make too many brooms before the Governor pardons him for good behavior. (thanks to Sherry for this pic)
Bet Matt will get on the straight and narrow after time spent in the bleak Rawlins Penitentiary.

A Tale of Two Prisons

In an area surrounded by panoramic visual delights, we naturally decide to spend an afternoon touring another Prison Museum.  Built in 1872, the Territorial Prison where I volunteer has been totally restored.  The fresh paint and spotless flagstone floors are almost pristine.  In fact except for the spooky, creaking windblown doors and bass moaning of the wood floors, it is actually very pleasant inside.

The gloomy State Penitentiary in Rawlins does not fare so well over the years.  Peeling paint blisters and dark, forbidding cells reek of evil and suffering.  Our guide enthralls us with her prison tales, but the building itself is an extremely dreary place.  Judge for yourself from the pictures below.  Would you want to be locked up here?

I just want my freedom!

In Loving Memory

Stormy Weathers

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

8 Replies to “Pardon Us, Please??”

  1. jim Sandy dukeman says: Reply

    WOW what a place, nice to visit but sure would not want to have to live there. You can find some of the best places to volunteer. Almost makes us want to join you sometime. Thanks for keeping us in the loop and keep em coming. GOD BLESS
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      You would like it here. Yesterday we visited a Historic Peacekeeper missile site and I thought of you during our visit. You and Sandy take care!

  2. Laramie … Just the name brings memories of bad cowboys and crooked guards. But then again, it also brings memories of the Tower of London. Now the latter has a bit more dark history.
    And one more, you can not get there from from there unless you put pontoons on the RV.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I don’t know about pontoons, but if I add a sail to the RV I bet I would get great fuel mileage. Winds here are fierce and rarely calm down. Sot of like being in a big boat with the way the RV rocks back and forth on the windy waves!

  3. Awesome tours. Thanks for sharing. They made me smile 🙂

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      I am so glad – I love your smile!!

  4. This blog brought back memories of our tour of the Rawlings prison. It was indeed a scary sight.

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