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.