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 South Pass City State Historic Site (Ghost Town)

WY Icon South Pass City State Historic Site
125 South Pass Main
South Pass City, Wyoming 82520
Phone: 307-332-3684
FAX: 307-332-3688
South Pass City Historic Site, Wyoming.

Present-day South Pass City is Wyoming's second oldest incorporated town. It was founded in the summer of 1868, during the height of the area's gold rush. South Pass City experienced its gold rush after the bulk of westward emigration had taken place, although wagons continued to trickle over the nearby geographic South Pass until 1912. In 1968 a group of Wyoming's citizens banded together and purchased the remaining historic structures for donation to the public. The goal was to preserve one of the best examples of a frontier mining camp. As seen today, the town is almost exactly as it appeared a century ago.

Visitor Center, restrooms, drinking water, picnic tables.


Approximately 30 miles southwest of Lander on Highway 28. Follow the signs from highway to the location a short distance down a graded dirt road.


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Regulations and Precautions

  • Dogs are welcome on a leash. Please clean up after your dog.
  • No alcohol at the historic site.

Archaeological Resources Protection Act Hotline: 800-227-7286.

South Pass City Historic Site, Wyoming.

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