South Pass City Travel Guide

  • South Pass City State Historic Site
    South Pass City State Historic Site
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  • Carissa Mine
    Carissa Mine
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  • Small cabin
    Small cabin
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South Pass City Things to Do

  • A few other buildings

    A real wild west village cannot be without a jail. . . and there was a jail in South Pass City. The cells are in the back of the building and there is a room at the entrance where the sheriff or his helpers could stay (haha, like in “Rio Bravo”, from Howard Hawks, with John Wayne and Dean Martin); the brochure says no man had escaped from this jail...

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  • The modern mine

    The modern mine of South Pass City is not operating nowadays; it was active a few years ago and it may resume its activity if the gold prices increase again. When driving to South Pass city from the North, one can observe a few mine pits not far from the road, and resuming activity would be just a matter of bringing back explosives, trucks,...

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  • Modern South Pass City

    Population, approx. 7, possibly more in summer. There is a big souvenir shop in the “real” South Pass City (not the museum town) and all sorts of souvenirs, from a mini-sluice (picture 2) to a bear hide can be purchased; I did not ask if they sell guns. . . . The Atlantic City soap comes from another mining village located a few miles North West;...

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  • The creek, meadows, willows and old log...

    During the short hike, you have to cross the Willow Creek and in the flat valley, there are little meadows which I imagine flowered in summer; there are a few old apparently abandoned log cabins which here have some “romantic” charm, and I guess there may be more along the valley; who lived there? What did they do? Why did they leave the place. . ....

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  • Short hike on the surrounding hills

    I took a short hike on the hills north and south of Willow Creek which runs through South Pass City.I enjoyed there a general view over the village and the aspen and pine trees contribute to the picturesque views. We are on the southern end of the Wind River Range, and as the pine tree and the aspen strongly suggest, the name of Wind is not...

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  • Log cabins, houses, other buildings and...

    A school, a blacksmith shop, hardware shops, groceries, pharmacy. . . and lots of other buildings have been renovated in South Pass City. With fine weather, the old log houses and cabins look quite pretty and even romantic. . . I liked my short visit here, looking at the buildings, letting my imagination figure out all what could have happened here...

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  • The mine and the old tools

    On a hill, on the north side of the village, one can discover an old mining tunnel entrance, with a small railcar; an impressive stamp mill is also on display; imagine when it was working, powered by a steam engine via a big belt, the hammers crushing the ore brought out from the mine; the whole valley must have been resounding of this sweet music....

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  • The mine museum

    Going further in the old village the visitor will discover on the left side an old building (former saloon) which hosts the gold mine museum. Of course gold scales are on display, these were very important tools for the prospectors or the traders who purchased gold. Other tools are also displayed of course and there are many photographs from the...

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  • Impossible to miss.

    South Pass City is located, as it name tells, on a pass; sagebrush covered mountains with few scattered pine trees, willows and aspen in the small valleys are home to this city and big signs indicate the direction when you are on the main road, as it is located 4 miles off the main road, and it is located hours driving from any other village south...

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