Gold Rush Days Relived in South Pass City, Wyoming July 13-14.

South Pass City, WY - Experience South Pass City State Historic Site as the residents did during the boom years during Gold Rush Days July 13-14.

Gold Rush Days is a fun, family weekend that features a variety of events and activities, including a vintage baseball game pitting rivals South Pass City, Riverton, Hudson and 2012 defending champion Lander.

Try not to catch gold fever as you spin a gold pan.  See how news was spread as printer Mike Parker sets type on a turn of the century printing press.  See blacksmiths art first hand with Dave Osmundsen and walk away with a square nail ready for a horse shoe.  Then listen to the sweet tones of the Pushroot Rangers.  Enjoy food and refreshments; mining demonstrations, and much more.

One of the favorite events is anvil blasting or anvil shooting, as some call it. It was a way miners celebrated big events.  Two anvils are set one on top of the other, the cavity in the bottom of the anvil is filled with blasting powder and detonated. Miners used blasting powder every day to break up the rock in the mines, but on special days they would use the same blasting powder to shoot anvils.  Historically they would have had competitions between miners to see who could get the most height and boom as well. 

 Activities start at 9 a.m. each day. Admission is $3 for adults and children. Children six and under are free. South Pass City is located 32 miles south and west of Lander on Highway 28. For more information call 307-332-3684 or email,


Smithing Demonstration With David Osmundsen, Buffalo WY. By the Carr Butcher Shop. Saturday-Sunday

Gold Panning at the Price St. Bridge.  Saturday-Sunday

The Atlantic City Strum Lords at the Ervin Store. 11:00 to 3:00—Saturday

Wagon & Buggy Rides At the Sherlock Barn. Saturday-Sunday

Anvil Blasting—KA BOOOM! On the hour At Price Street Bridge. Saturday-Sunday

Pony Express Demo At the Jail. 1:30 & 3:30 Saturday & Sunday. National Pony Express Association

Kids Games At Price Street Bridge. Saturday-Sunday

Friends of South Pass Bake Sale at the Restaurant.  Saturday-Sunday

Letter Press Printing with Mike Parker, from Powell WY at the South Pass Hotel Lobby. Saturday-Sunday

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs & LEMONADE by Wyoming Smoke House. At the Ball Field. Saturday-Sunday

Cookie Baking in a Wood Stove at the back entrance of the Sherlock House. Saturday-Sunday

Historic  Mining Demos at the Price Street Bridge. 2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday  

Stamp Mill Demonstrations at the Wolverine Adit. Saturday-Sunday

Quilt Exhibition Lander Quilters at the Libby Cabin & the Sweetwater County Jail. Saturday-Sunday

Friends of South Pass Membership Tablemat the South Pass Hotel. Saturday-Sunday

Book signing South Pass and The Sweetwater Mines With authors Jon Lane & Susan Layman. Saturday 1-2 pm


Base Ball July 13th:

Game 1—9:00. Riverton vs. SPC, Game 2—11:00 Lander vs. Hudson, Game 3—2:00 Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, Game 4—4:00 Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

July 14th: Game 5—10:00 Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, Game 6—12:00 Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, Game 7—2:00 optional

Related Links: Lander Chamber of CommerceRiverton Chamber of Commerce,Dubois Chamber of CommerceDestination Dubois

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