Ever have the morbid urge to sit in a gas chamber? One of Wyoming Frontier Prison's tourist attractions allows you to sit in the same spot where five men were executed though you won't suffer the same fate as them. The building of this fortress began in 1888 but due to several setbacks it didn't begin operation until December 1901. Several additions were made throughout its eighty year history. It housed some women the first few years but remained mainly an all-male prison containing 13,500 prisoners during the years it was open.
Men were punished in several different manners if they misbehaved. They were strapped to a metal pole called the "Punishment Pole" and whipped with rubber hoses and leather straps. Prisoners were kept in solitary confinement cells naked for up to six weeks. The gas chamber wasn't the only form of execution. The prison also contained "humane gallows". A condemned prisoner would stand on a trap door and hang himself as his body weight forced water out of a counterbalanced bucket. If the guards didn't like you, they would make you fill your own bucket.
There is one particular inmate who was executed at the prison that is believed to now haunt it. Andrew Pixley was convicted and sent to Wyoming Frontier Prison for murdering and cannibalizing two young girls. During his stint there, he was considered extremely violent. He was put to death in the 1960s and supposedly took longer to die than most men. Some say after death he has continued his angry, violent ways and he may not be the only one. Employees, past and present, have seen many spirits wandering the building. The reports state some are aware of the people around them and others not so much. Voices and sounds are often heard in areas including showers, the Chapel, holding cells, and Death Row.
The Wyoming Frontier Prison closed down in 1981 but is now opened as a museum. Are you brave enough to take the tour?