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Gold Rush Days a 'great success'

Jul 25, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

This year was the first time the Carissa Mine and Mill was open during the event.

Organizers for South Pass City's Gold Rush Days called the weekend full of gold panning, anvil blasting, re-enactments, horse-drawn rides and more a "great success."

South Pass City State Historical Site held its annual Gold Rush Days on July 12 and July 13. The event featured how the city was during its "boom" days.

"It is the 13th year for Gold Rush Days, and it was a great success this year," said South Pass City State Historical Site superintendent Joe Ellis.

An estimated 2,200 people attended the event, Ellis said, which was "on par" with numbers from last year.

"This was the first Gold Rush Days that the Carissa Mine and Mill was open to the public," Ellis said. "Several hundred people toured the Carissa, then were able to enjoy all the events at Gold Rush Days."

Sira Hampton, a young girl attending the event with her family, said she was having fun.

"Getting a candy necklace," she said, pointing out her favorite part of Gold Rush Days after she panned for gold.

Yolanda Artery, of Lander, attended the event with her family, which included Jeremie, Brayden and Ethan.

"It was great," Artery said.

She said her family was able to enjoy the weather and time together.

"It's just a great atmosphere and a family friendly event," she said.

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