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

Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack

 
 
Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
1. Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack Marker
Inscription. Steam was used to heat the new cellblock and administration wing added to the prison in 1889. Though the boiler was only intended to serve the new addition it heated the entire prison (both cellblocks). Working beyond its capacity, the old boiler needed repairs by 1898.
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.
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Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
2. Excavation Site: New Boiler Plant and Smoke Stack Marker
The Broom Factory is in the background.
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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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.
 
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 Timeline (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Woman Jury (approx. 0.7 miles away); Laramie (approx. mile away); 150 N. 2nd Street (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laramie.
 
More about this marker.
The Broom Factory interior image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 28, 2016
3. The Broom Factory interior
This marker is located inside the Wyoming Territorial Prison stockade.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 138 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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