Today I complete my first broom here at the Territorial Prison. Back in the 1890s, the good conduct prisoners produced brooms on an assembly line here. The profit from the brooms helped support the prison and line the prison Lessee’s pockets (if he was lucky).
I calculate the profit that might be generated on the broom I produced. I figure the material probably costs less than $10. When I add in my labor at the current broom maker market rate, my first broom would have to sell for $2,345,789.12 just to break even.
Even though we will be in Wyoming for a while, we find ourselves racing to see the sights before more venues close. Wyoming is closing many State Parks (not the Prison, thank goodness) for budget cuts. We have only a short time to get to those before the summer closures.
We begin our race with a visit to the newest park, Quebec-01. This Peacekeeper missile launch facility is remotely located near the town of Chugwater, home of hand-made milkshakes.