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Spending an hour in Rawlins' prison.

Folks in Rawlins, Wyoming, took law and order seriously back in the 1890s. To hold cattle rustlers, horse thieves, and other lawbreakers, they built a stone-and-steel state prison that's still sturdy after nearly a century. For a leg-stretching respite from hours of driving on Interstate 80, you can take a short tour of the old prison, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. On your 1-hour guided tour of the building, you'll get a feel for prison life--from admission in irons and delousing, to head counts five times daily. You'll visit cells no larger than a queen-size bed, solitary confinement areas, and the gas chamber. You can tour Mondays through Fridays at 10, 2, 4, and 6; Saturdays at 10, 2, and 4. Admission is $2 ($1 for ages 6 through 18 and seniors). The prison lawn has tables for picnickers. Rawlins, the largest town for 100 miles, also offers lodging and restaurants. From I-80, take the first exit, then turn north on Fifth Street to the penitentiary.
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