Carissa Mine Tours now available to the public at South Pass City State Historic Site

(South Pass City, Wyo.) –  Public tours of the Carissa Mine at South Pass City State Historic Site are now being held on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, now through Labor Day. Following extensive restoration work and installation of historic mining equipment, the public will be able to see the Carissa Mill on a regular basis.
In 2003 the Wyoming State Legislature purchased the Carissa Mine to add to South Pass City State Historic Site. The Carissa was the main economic engine for South Pass City and operated as a functioning gold mine well into the 1950’s. Curator of Public Programs Jon Lane will walk visitors through the complex workings of the mill and give an overview of the developments at the mine from 1870 to the late 1950’s. The highlight of the tour is the demonstration of functioning milling equipment, including a 23,000 pound ball mill. The Carissa is a truly unique bit of Wyoming’s history.
Due to safety regulations, tours are limited to 25 people and reservations are recommended. To make a reservation Call 307-332-3684 and ask for Carissa Tour Reservations. The tour is very rigorous and participants should be able to negotiate steep terrain and steep stairs. This tour is not appropriate for young children. For more information Call South Pass City State Historic Site 307-332-3684 or visit our web site www.southpasscity.com.
–South Pass City State Historic Site
A 28,000 pound ball mill was restored to operating condition inside the Carissa Mill at South Pass City State Historic Site. (Ernie Over photo)

A 28,000 pound ball mill was restored to operating condition inside the Carissa Mill at South Pass City State Historic Site. (Ernie Over photo)

2 Comments

  1. Barbara Townsend

    The folks there care about the place and its history and have made this site a state treasure.

  2. Jeff Schreck

    I was fortunate enough to have been at the Carissa the day last year when it was reopened to the public. This unique view of a working early 20th century gold mill is an incredible experience for anyone interested in western history, mining, Wyoming or just seeing something you've probably never seen before. This is well worth the drive.

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