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South Pass plans Gold Rush Days

Submitted by Newsroom on July 13, 2012 – 1:55 pmNo Comment

By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — A step back in time is offered this weekend at the South Pass City State Historic Site as the town comes back to life for Gold Rush Days. Admission is $3, with children 6-years-old and younger getting in free. The site opens both Saturday and Sunday morning at 9, and is located 32 miles south and west of Lander on Highway 28.

Gold panning in South Pass. Photo by Leslie Stratmoen

Organizers of the annual event say it’s a fun filled weekend featuring a variety of activities like gold panning and watching an old-style baseball game that pits rival teams against each other. Last year’s defending champion team from Lander will be back to play against the South Pass City team, and the two teams from Hudson and Riverton.

Visitors will also be able to tour the buildings on the grounds, like the print shop where Mike Parker will be working the turn of the century printing press and the blacksmith shop worked by Dave Osmundsen. There will also be demonstrations on mining and the Pushroot Rangers will be providing the musical backdrop.

South Pass City’s first boom came in the summer of 1868 with the discovery of the Cariso Lode and other gold strikes that brought thousands of miners, merchants and entrepreneurs to make a town of about 2,000 people. But as the gold strikes faded, so did the people. Then in 1968, a group of local citizens purchased the site and donated it to the state. And in 2003, the state Legislature purchased the Carissa Mine, which reunited the town with its founder.

For more information call 307-332-3684 or email,

Both Superintendent Joe Ellis and printer Mike Parker were interviewed on Chit Chat. To listen to the interview with Host Leslie Stratmoen that aired on July 11, 2012 — CLICK HERE

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