South Pass City State Historic Site

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South Pass City State Historic Site

South Pass City State Historic Site
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pasherry
United States879 contributions
Authentic ghost town
Jul 2020 • Couples
Roads are gravel to get to this remote ghost town. Buy a ticket at the old Dance Hall building. Nonresident $5, WY resident $3, under 18 free. The fee includes the Carissa mine tour, but you have to make reservations for that. At one time there were tours of the town, but due to Covid you are given a self-guided walking tour map. The buildings are well-preserved but unfortunately you cannot walk into most as there is plexi-glass at the entrances through which you look into the interior. But you still get a sense of a once thriving community when there was gold in the hills. And the interesting history of how women got voting rights in WY before any other state and how this town appointed the first woman Justice of the Peace. There is a small gift store with snacks and plenty of picnic tables. Take your time and enjoy the history.
Written 16 July 2020
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wonderfulwyo
Ranchester, WY7 contributions
FABULOUS trip into yesteryear!!!
Jul 2020 • Friends
The largest historic site in the state of Wyoming didn’t disappoint! Nestled in a gorgeous little valley, the ghost town has been restored so well that you can hear the gold dust shifting through the floorboards! In addition to history, you have a multitude of hikingholing trails to explore.... best $ value around!
Written 14 July 2020
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RozzyW
Tampa, FL143 contributions
Amazing Glimpse into the Past
Jun 2020 • Couples
Historic mining town that was on the Oregon trail offers fascinating glimpse into what life was like during the gold rush. It’s a living history lesson! We drove 3 hours from Cody to visit and it was worth the drive. One of the highlights of our WY visit.
Written 21 June 2020
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SDAnnie
Rapid City, SD147 contributions
Great walk through the past
Sep 2019
We were going through the area and wanted to stop and visit. We had not been here for about 40 years. The restoration was nice to see. It is similar to Virginia City in southern Montana. We were driving from the north and turned at a sign that directed us to South Pass City. This turned out to be about 5 miles before the actual site, taking you down several miles of bumpy, dusty, gravel roads. There is a much larger sign at the main entrance, but if you are unfamiliar with the area and driving from the north you don't know that. The man that took our money and gave us a guide was friendly and we visited with him both before we toured the town and after. They were not at all busy and the entire time we were there we only saw two other people touring the site. Only one building was staffed. It was a General Store in the period style. We would like to have asked some questions, but the older lady working there never looked up from her laptop to speak to us. We could see that they were in the process of working on some other buldings and we look forward to stopping by again sometime. Seems like they could benefit from maybe having some additional staff around but maybe money is an issue. We enjoyed looking in the old buildings and reading the guide to their history.
Written 22 September 2019
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billandgeorgeanna
Lake Havasu City, AZ386 contributions
Day trip
Sep 2019
What a beautiful drive, the scenery is spectacular. You will drive a dirt road but it is well maintained. Very interesting history.
Written 16 September 2019
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OnYourMarkTravel
Wyoming1,983 contributions
Hidden Gem
Oct 2018
When comparing the two visits we made to this place, we would strongly suggest going with a tour. It's not bad to wonder and figure things out for yourself, but with a tour guide, the place comes alive. It is a hard place to find in the middle of nowhere and can also take some time to figure out your surroundings once you're there. We have enjoyed both of our visits (with and without a tour), but our children had a better time with a tour. It does get chilly, so be prepared to wear a jacket. You should also check out the nearby mines to catch a glimpse of why this place became a boom town in the first place.
Written 5 September 2019
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elegantraveller
Gloucestershire, England423 contributions
Enter through the dance hall
Aug 2019
It was the end of a busy day and the rain was just starting. Should we bother driving down that unmade road or perhaps just go straight on to our hotel? How glad we were that we decided that, since we might not come this way again, we should make the effort!! The rain stopped and we had a really happy hour or so wandering about this strange little place. "Enter through dance hall" to buy tickets and pick up a guidebook and from there wander around as you please.
The whole place is really well maintained and the guidebook offers all the information needed to make the most of whatever time you have. Had it been earlier in the day, it would have been great to sit and enjoy a picnic, to relax and just make the most of being here. As it was, we left feeling very positive about South Pass and recommend making the effort!
Written 3 September 2019
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SpiritLilly
Georgetown, CA323 contributions
Finally got to find this place
Jul 2019 • Couples
After living in Wyoming for almost 18 years, I kept wanting to go to South Pass City, and on a whim took the side route and found it. They are 4 ENTRANCES off the main highway to get to South Pass. The one we took, took us through Atlantic City as well - which has more of a population and a store. About 5 miles in on dirt roads (and be careful on the roads - dusty and not well travelled) we were excited to be here. The State has done an amazing job at preserving this gem of a gold mining town. AND they are pet friendly - dogs on leash.
It's a self-guided tour, and their book they give you at the entrance is an excellent tour guide. The weather was beautiful, the sky had so many incredible clouds, and we just took a leisurely time enjoying this treasure.
So... gold was discovered in Coloma, California in 1848. Gold was discovered in South Pass City in 1868. Fun fact - and you have to go there to see the connection.
**Note, if you are in a wheelchair you can get around easily on the streets and wooden sidewalks, but won't be able to go into the upstairs of the hotel/brothel, or the Wolverine Mine.
Written 31 July 2019
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Bstew
5 contributions
What a gem!
Jul 2019 • Couples
We found South Pass City when we changed our route and were delighted, wish we had more time there. It is a great blend of museum and ghost town. The information was well researched and the buildings were full of wonderful displays. Unfortunately we were unable to view the mine since we were very short on time. We highly recommend stopping and taking a look.
Written 28 July 2019
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cynthiav176
Clearmont38 contributions
Love south pass
Jul 2019 • Business
As a history buff i love old ghost towns. South Pass City is well preserved and a great place to visit.
Written 10 July 2019
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