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Carissa Mine open to tour groups; night event planned
The South Pass City State Historic Site is offering public tours of the Carissa Mine. South Pass City State Historic Site photo

Carissa Mine open to tour groups; night event planned

Jun 15, 2014 - From staff reports

The South Pass City State Historic Site will offer public tours of the Carissa Mine at 2 p.m. Thursday through Sundays through Labor Day.

The public will be able to see the extensive restoration work and historic mining equipment.

In 2003, the Wyoming State Legislature purchased the Carissa Mine to add to the South Pass City State Historic Site. The Carissa was the main economic engine for South Pass City and operated as a gold mine well into the 1950s.

Due to safety regulations, tours are limited to 25 people and reservations are recommended. The tour is rigorous and participants should be able to negotiate steep terrain and stairs. The tour is not appropriate for young children.

Special tour

Historically, the Carissa Mine ran 24 hours a day in three shifts.

Night shift workers would begin work by walking with lanterns to the mill above town where they would labor under electric lights. At the end of their shift, they would return to town and take a break in one of the saloons.

During the Catch the Night Shift tours June 28 and Aug. 16, visitors can follow in the miners footsteps by taking a lantern walk of the Carissa Mill followed by scotch tasting in the Miners' Exchange Saloon.

For more information or to make reservations, call 332-3684 or visit www.southpasscity.com.

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