Best of Wyoming
1:16 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rock Springs Historical Museum

The Rock Springs Historical Museum is housed in the original Rock Springs City Hall. The building was built in 1894 at an original cost of $28,200.  The funds for the construction did not come from the ever present Union Pacific Coal Company and Railroad, but from revenues collected in the issuing of liquor licenses.  The building is built from native sandstone and boasts an impressive 14-foot foundation that was made necessary by the presence of "quicksand" at the site.  It served as the City Hall, Police Station and Fire Station until the early 1980's, when the new City Hall on D street was completed.  

In 1991-1992, with funds from the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program the building underwent a 1.7 million dollar restoration to bring it back to its 1890's condition.  *Fun Fact: The building had electric lighting from the first day that it opened in 1894.*

The museum now houses many exhibits on the history of Rock Springs with special emphasis on the city’s coal mining and multi-national heritage.  Exhibits rotate regularly.

Contact Information:

Bob Nelson, Museum Coordinator
201 B Street
Rock Springs, WY 82901

307-362-3138

Open Monday through Saturday
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

For more information on exhibits and tours, please visit: http://www.rswy.net/department/?fDD=2-0.

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