Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack
Mr. Cook, a plumber hired by the prison, reported "the boiler now in use was in dangerous condition and was not large enough to heat both wings of the prison and supply hot water for bathing and laundry work ... in its present condition, the boiler could be blown up by a convict in charge and that it was a menace to the safety of the institution.
By September of 1898, plans were made to install a new, 35-horse power, tubular boiler. The new boiler house and smoke stack appears behind the man and bull in the photograph to the left.
Prisoners made bricks for the boiler house and chimney, excavating a foundation for it between the prison and broom factory (the broom factory is seen in the photograph to the right). The inmates also excavated tunnels for the pipes laid to the penitentiary and broom factory. These pipes supplied heat and hot water for bathing and laundry.
New steam radiators were installed to heat the broom factory previously heated by wood and coal stoves. The new boiler plant and installation of pipe and radiators cost $1,975.00.
Both photographs were taken shortly after 1907 when the University of Wyoming operated an experimental stock farm on the prison grounds (inmates were removed from this facility in 1903 and transferred to the Frontier Prison in Rawlins. WY).
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1898.
Location. 41° 18.742′ N, 105° 36.574′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker is on West Garfield Street near Snowy Range Road (State Highway 130), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 West Garfield Street, Laramie WY 82072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Excavation Site: Blacksmith Shop, Candle Shop, and Outhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: Ice House (within shouting distance of this marker); Excavation Site: Basement Entrance to the Warden's House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laramie TimelineFirst Woman Jury (approx. 0.7 miles away); Laramie (approx. ¾ mile away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
More about this marker. This marker is located inside the Wyoming Territorial Prison stockade.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 231 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.