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Established in 1886 and named after General John Rawlins, Chief of Staff of the US Army. Rawlins is centrally located on the Continental Divide and rich in minerals such as coal, uranium, and natural gas. It became of point of departure for many who were seeking a new beginning in the west due to the lure of gold. Some just stayed and became ranchers of vast cattle and sheep herds. Ranching is still prevalent here and so is the history that abounds here. It is a paradise for hunting and fishing with the mountains of Medicine Bow National Forest being nearby.

We had stopped along the way visiting Independence Rock and Devils Gate. While traveling we were amazed at the vast open land that still abounds here and by the huge herds of antelope that still craze along the open road and fields. We eventually stopped here for the night while traveling from visiting the Black Hills in South Dakota. We had stopped at the state prison. We had the pleasure to see some of the prison because some local bikers invited us in with them. Must have been some fund raising going on. Lots of interesting history here, a must see if your in the area.

Rawlins is located on Interstate Highway 80 mid-way through the southern half of Wyoming

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful country with wide open ranges!
  • Cons:Just becareful of shady hotel keepers and roaming animals!
  • In a nutshell:Beautiful country with lots to explore!
  • Last visit to Rawlins: Jul 1992
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Is it not nice to see animals in natural habitat, lovely photo of the antelope ;-)

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Thank you for the time spent on my pages. And back I am here to have another look on your great tips!

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Love that old Victorian, Dee and the prison sounds interesting too. Seeing the pronghorns is one of our best memories of the wild west. Seems there's lots we missed in this great state. I'm ready to go back now!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    It's interesting to read about the Frontier Prison having visted its predecessor in Laramie. We didn't make it to Rawlins ourselves on that trip, but we DID see antelope on the roads!

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    antelope in the freeways!!! Oops, they just called us to board for Houston -- I am stuck here at PHX airport and just browsing with slow internet...Norman :)

  • Maria250's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:08 AM

    LOVE your Wyoming Frontier Prison tip!! Thanks for getting back to me, my dear Dee. Had the exact same prob (solved by changing browser & deleting yahoo toolbar).

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    The Frontier Prison was so interesting. Thanks for honest tip about the hotel. Warning was a good one! Another of your dynamic pages, Dee.

  • KiKitC's Profile Photo
    May 20, 2008 at 3:22 AM

    We stopped in Rawlins on our three day trek across America. Unfortunatley that meant we didn't have time to see anything there...next time through...


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