Sesquicentennial of South Pass City to be observed this year: Gold Rush Days expanded
(South Pass City, Wyo.) – The founding of South Pass City will be observed this year on the towns 150th anniversary with an expanded Gold Rush Days, according to the Superintendent of South Pass City State Historic Site Joe Ellis.
In a program before the Rotary Club of Lander, Ellis said this year’s annual celebration will be held on July 7-8 immediately following the Independence Day weekend. He said the event this year will include the return of the popular fireworks show, beer tasting, living history, live music, Vintage Base Ball, walking trails, and tours of the Carissa Mine, to mention a few of the attractions that weekend.
New this year will be evening trail walks of 1.5 miles with live demonstrations of stamping mills and water wheels at various points along the trails at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. The Carrissa Mill equipment continues to be restored, with working ball mills, crushers and a gold filtering vibrating water table.
The site opens to the public in mid-May. For information, spc.com
Ellis said a new feature coming in 2019 will be the interpretation of the newly rediscovered English Tunnel, which is 380 feet in length with several cross-cuts “in perfect condition. We’ll finally be able to offer underground tours next year,” he said.