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