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South Pass City State Historic Site

125 South Pass Main, Wyoming 82520 USA

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“Welcome to Wyoming's gold rush!”

South Pass City’s first gold rush came in the summer of 1868. The discovery of the Cariso Lode, brought thousands of miners, merchants, & entrepreneurs. Over 2000 people called  South Pass City home - for a little while. The boom looked promising but faltered. When the “color” started to fade many South Pass City residents fled.   However, a core of hangers-on continued to believe in SPC & worked hard to make ends meet. These rugged individuals would see other booms come & go but rarely faltered in their dedication. In 1968, on the town’s centennial, a group of Wyoming citizens donated the town to the State of Wyoming.   Today, South Pass City is an authentic glimpse at a community that survived the booms & busts of gold fever. South Pass City’s history is a long & rich one. Drawn to the region by the promise of gold, miners flocked to the nearby hills & streams in 1868-1869, only to have their hopes dashed by the back breaking work & severe conditions of South Pass.   Others found their niche & thrived.   Today, South Pass City is one of the best preserved mining towns in the west.  

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