City of Rock Springs Museum, Rock Springs

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The Rock Springs Historical Museum is housed in the original Rock Springs City Hall. The building was built in 1894 at an original cost of $28,200. The funds for the construction did not come from the ever present Union Pacific Coal Company and Railroad, but from revenues collected from the issuing of liquor licenses. The building is built from native sandstone and boasts an impressive 14-foot foundation that was made necessary by the presence of "quicksand" at the site. It served as the City Hall, Police Station and Fire Station until the early 1980's, when the new City Hall on D street was completed.

The building sat empty for some time until the Rock Springs Centennial Celebration in 1988. Through the hard work and dedication of a group of volunteers, the "Centennial Museum" opened on June 4, 1988 after only a few months of planning and designing. Artifacts were loaned and donated by local residents and the volunteers created many exhibits to show what it was like to live here "in the old days". Because of the success of the Centennial Museum, plans soon began to make it a permanent part of the city. In 1991-1992, with funds from the Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program the building underwent a 1.7 million dollar restoration to bring it back to its 1890's condition. *Fun Fact: The building had electric lighting from the first day that it opened in 1894.*

The museum now houses many exhibits on the history of Rock Springs with special emphasis on our coal mining and multi-national heritage. Exhibits rotate regularly, so be sure to stop in often to see what is new. We can't wait to see you!
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  • I had about 30 minutes to kill so I stopped by. No cost, so why not. The building itself was probably my favorite thing. A little bit of everything, but personally I would’ve liked more on Butch...  more »
  • The museum is packed with great history of the area. Staff are knowledgable and eager to help if you have a question. Beautiful old building. They also have some fun things in the gift shop and a.....  more »
  • Love the history in here. There is an exhibit of Butch Cassidy and Sundance to calamity name which is their new exhibit . All kinds of history here it is definitely a place to check out. Admission is free they have a public rest room. Yes there is wheelchair accessibility. Have a great time history buffs and not history buffs. Love this museum..
  • Very cool museum for a small town and it was free. Good, interesting exhibits and we learned lots of local history. Good job Rock Springs for having a place like this.

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