Discover the Rock Springs Historical Museum

By Braxton Shoop on September 25, 2012 at 10:00 am EST
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Built in 1894, the Rock Springs Historical Museum was once the site of the Rock Springs police station, fire station and city hall for nearly a century until a new city hall building was constructed in the early 1980s.

Since that time, the building has undergone renovations worth more than $1 million to serve as the Rock Springs Historical Museum, which is only natural considering the site’s longstanding connection with the Rock Springs community.

This historic significance makes the building the museum’s largest artifact on display. Despite its recent renovations, however, the building continues to maintain a unique character that sets it apart from its modern contemporaries, thanks to its solid 14-foot foundation and native sandstone construction.

On the inside, the museum showcases several exhibits and artifacts relating to the history of the Rock Springs region and daily life in a western coal town. Many of these artifacts relate to the area’s coal mining industry, which was the backbone of Rock Springs at one time with as many as 10 coal mines operating downtown simultaneously.

This mining heritage has given Rock Springs both a source of revenue for generations as well as a multinational background, thanks to the large number of immigrants who settled into the area to work at the mines.

The museum regularly rotates exhibits and drew about 12,000 visitors in 2011.

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Dave Hanks, Executive Director, Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce