Laramie in Albany County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Excavation Site: Old Kitchen and Bakery Ovens
In 2006, the Wyoming Territorial Prison received a grant from the History Channel and partnered with the University of Wyoming Lab School to excavate the kitchen extension. This project determined the building's use and gave middle school students hands-on archeology training.
When asked, "What do you like best about the prison project?", students answered:
"I like the excavation part. In my opinion, the best way to learn and teach history is to feel it. Hands-on activities like excavation let students understand and comprehend history better than other projects. When reading a textbook you can't hold a fragment of a late 1800s bullet shell in you hand." - Sean Peel.
My favorite part was digging at the site because the class got to learn outside and experience at least a piece of what real archaeology is like. We followed the current digging, sifting, and bagging procedures."
"I loved screening because even the smallest objects were interesting. Learning about my ancestors and people that came before me was the best thing I could have gotten out of this." - Kathryn Jones
"I really enjoyed the fact that this was official. I got a sense that I was helping to do something that made a difference." - Phillip Pelkey
"I learned how dirt contains very important history." Mike Henry
Erected by Save Our History.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 41° 18.759′ N, 105° 36.567′ W. Marker is in Laramie, Wyoming, in Albany County. Marker can be reached from West Garfield Street near Snowy Range Road (Route 130), on the left. 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 (here, next to this marker); Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack (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 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Laramie Timeline (approx. 0.7 miles away); First 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 302 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.