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Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Excavation Site: Ice House

 
 
Excavation Site: Ice House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
1. Excavation Site: Ice House Marker
Captions: (upper left) The ice house appears in front of the prison in the photograph above. by 1890, the structure was used as a chicken coop.; (bottom left) James Brown; (bottom right) The photograph to the right was taken just west of Cheyenne. Boswell appears in the center, just left of President Roosevelt (on a white horse).
Inscription. On June 24th, 1975, the Laramie Sentinel reported, "An icehouse has been built in the bank a few feet from the prison, and some 60 tons of ice were taken out and stored in it for the use of the prison. This, also done by convict labor, besides which some 700 tons of ice were put up for the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the prisoners thus earning enough to purchase a supply of coal for fuel for the prison."

On the morning of May 30, 1903, convict James Brown was cleaning the chicken house while the guards prepared horses for Lessee N.K. Boswell and the official party ride from Laramie to Cheyenne with President Roosevelt. In their excitement, the guards locked up all the convicts, but forgot Brown. After the party rode away, Brown walked away. He was the last prisoner to ever escape from the prison.
 
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Location. 41° 18.739′ N, 105° 36.545′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from West Garfield Street near Snowy Range Road (Wyoming Route 130), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 West Garfield Street, Laramie WY 82072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Ice House Marker and Wyoming Territorial Prison image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
2. Ice House Marker and Wyoming Territorial Prison
of this marker. Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Laramie Timeline (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Woman Jury (approx. 0.7 miles away); Laramie (approx. 0.7 miles away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Laramie.
 
Regarding Excavation Site: Ice House. This marker is located on the grounds of the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .  Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site. The prison was built in 1872 and began accepting prisoners in early 1873. The facility had problems from the outset, with a fire in 1873 and recurrent jailbreaks. Of the 44 prisoners accepted in the first two years of operation, 11 escaped. (Submitted on June 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Wyoming Territorial Prison image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
3. Wyoming Territorial Prison
Cells in the Wyoming Territorial Prison image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
4. Cells in the Wyoming Territorial Prison
The high point of Roosevelt's 1903 western tour was his 65-mile ride from Laramie to Cheyenne image. Click for full size.
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5. The high point of Roosevelt's 1903 western tour was his 65-mile ride from Laramie to Cheyenne
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on June 20, 2016.
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