Rob Carrigan, former publisher
Pikes Peak Courier View, Tri-Lakes Tribune, Teller County Extra, Cripple Creek Gold Rush
Monday, September 5, 2011
Hard Time in Wyoming Territorial Prison
Built in 1872 and restored in 1989, Wyoming Territorial Prison, operated from 1873 to 1903. Over 1,000 men and 12 women incarcerated in a span of 30 years. In the early days of the prison, it was only about 10 degrees warmer inside than outside during the winter until a radiator system was installed. Prison was expanded 1889 and notable criminals, including Robert Leroy Parker (Butch Cassidy), Clark “the Kid” Pelton, and Ellijah Canary all served time there.The broom factory was constructed and staffed by inmates beginning 1892. When in full swing of production, the factory could produce as many as 720 brooms a day. Nearly a quarter of the inmates escaped because of lack of staff and guard inexperience.