Rawlins Travel Guide

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Rawlins Things to Do

  • St. Joseph's Church

    According to the Wyoming Catholic Register, the cornerstone of St. Joseph's Church was laid by the Most Rev. Patrick A. McGovern, D.D., on October 10, 1915, and the Church was dedicated by the same prelate on August 6, 1916. Specific details are provided for the cost of construction are provided, but the provenance of the unique and architecturally...

  • Wyoming Frontier Prison

    We had stopped here since it was my things to do while on the way home from South Dakota. We were invited in by some really nice biker folks who were attending some fund raiser that was taking place at the prison. We were able to wonder around for quite some time. We finally felt it was time to set out to find a place to stay for the night. Yet, it...

  • Churches of Rawlins

    Normally, I try to get around and shoot images of old churches, as these are typically some of the best architecture in any given town. St. Joseph's was hard to miss, but I also found right on Cedar Street this church, which I believe was originally a Methodist Church. The sun at noon day made photography difficult shooting south.

  • First National Bank

    I had found very substantial the architecture of a bank building in Rawlins, so when I began writing this tip, I found on-line the link below to the Rawlins National Bank. Apparently, the Rawlins National Bank, which began before the turn of the 20th century, has managed to weather many bad economic times in this frontier town, and still provides...

  • The Osborne Building

    This building was built and named after physician, rancher, mayor, and 3rd governor of Wyoming, John Eugene Osborne. The life of this man is well documented in the wikipedia link below, but two things really stand out about this man--his Rawlins area sheep ranch was the largest in Wyoming, and secondly that he had the hide of executed murderer Big...

  • The Miller Block

    A grey granite block sized retail store building built by and named after Isaac C. Miller provides an interesting exception to the minimalist tendency in Rawlins. Miller was a local businessman, Sheriff, and mayor at the time the town was founded in the late 19th century. Miller became the city's first mayor, but because he was not yet a...

  • Downtown Rawlins Architecture

    Cedar Street is the main street of town and has most of the interesting buildings. These images provide a general overview of the Rawlins downtown which was built mostly between late 1890's and early 20th century. The wealth generated by the railroad and oil industry is very apparent in the quality of construction, but the detail and architectural...

  • Rawlins Natural Theme Mural

    In downtown Rawlins, on the side of the old F.W. Woolworth Building, artist Jerry Antolik, painted a landscape mural of natural life as found in Carbon County. Note that in this portrait, ranch cattle mix with horned sheep and pronehorned deer. The town is rightly proud of this masterpiece.

  • Rawlins City Hall

    If weakness can be determined by architecture, the fact that the Rawlins City Government filled in an empty old post office, is evidence of this. Nevertheless, the old post office building, typical of 1930's period post office construction, remains a fine building to admire. Right out front, and slightly out of place, is a wooden bench and some...


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  • Chance to See Historic Blake House

    I had arrived in early morning and wasn't in the mood for an all you can eat buffet. But, I was curious to see if the interior of the historic Blake House has been preserved. I was not terribly impressed with the effort to retain the exterior and landscaping, but at one time the house must surely have been one of the town's most impressive homes....

  • Bar and Grill and Breakfast House in...

    Downtown Rawlins is pretty weak when it comes to dining. I skipped on the Rawlins Buffet, and nothing else appeared open yet. Most of the restaurants in town are on the east end of town where modern corporate brandnames dominate the scene, but I didn't want to eat there. The Sanford Grub and Pub definetly appealed to my sense of adventure from the...

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Rawlins Transportation

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    Rawlins, WY From Interstate 80

    by atufft Written Aug 3, 2008

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    Normally, on the interstate system, the business loop begins at an off-ramp at one end of town and ends with an on-ramp at another. In Rawlins, the east side exit appears simple enough, but during my trip, I continued into downtown, where a NO TRUCKS sign suddenly warned me not to come. I went through anyway as Cedar Street is a wide downtown street, and then I found an empty parking lot next to an abandoned Rexall business building. I was advised by locals at the diner where I ate that to continue on the business 80 route west would be a winding and narrow road. So, I was recommended to back track to a main thoroughfare in the newer east side of town, where a new on-ramp would be easy to find. Those with motorhomes can expect to find it easy to turn around downtown, but they may want to retrace their route as I did to return to Interstate 80.

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Rawlins Warnings and Dangers

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    We were amazed at how so many herds of the antelope just roaming around. I grew up in Antelope Valley in California, so I was tickled to see so many still roaming the open ranges of Wyoming. You can see some every now and then in Tehachapi.

    Yet, be careful, they roam freely along the highways!

    Called Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra Americana), I didn’t know that they were almost hunted to extinction as well as the bison. Its nice to know they have found some refuge in Wyoming and Montana. Another fact that I did not know is how big that some are actual are. They can weigh from 75 to 130 pounds and stand 31 to 40 inches tall. Many of the females can have horns and usually are not any longer than the ears. While the males horns are much longer 15 inches and fork at the end, hence Prong Horn Antelope. Yet, the most interesting fact is that they are the “fastest land mammal in the world!” Yeah, some say the cheetah is, but the difference is the Proghorn can sustain the speed for miles and the cheetah can’t. That is impressive.

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Rawlins Off The Beaten Path

  • Soroptimist Park

    A block north of Cedar is a curious volunteer garden park with an wrought iron arch that says Soroptimist Park. The park is located between two abandoned commercial buildings, of which there are many on this side of Rawlins. The park is so small that photography was difficult, but I noticed that work had been started and remained unfinished in...

  • Ferris Manion

    The beautiful Queen Anne Victorian was built 1903 and owned by Mrs. Ferris until her death in 1931. Mrs. Ferris was the widow of George Ferris, who was a hotel developer and involved in mining and sheepherding. He died from a buggy accident. Mrs. Ferris lived in the mansion until her death in 1931. It fell into disrepair and was apartments for some...

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