Gold Rush Days Relived in South Pass City, Wyoming July 12-13, 2014.

South Pass City, WY - Each summer South Pass City State Historic Site hosts Gold Rush Days. This fun event celebrates life in a western gold camp. Gold Rush Days features a vintage base ball tournament played with turn-of-the-century uniforms, gold panning, historic stamp mill demonstrations and printing press demonstrations. Live music in the saloons, billiards and reenactments are just a few of the events that keep visitors entertained during the celebration.

One of the favorite (and loudest) 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 into the sky.  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 State Historic Site  is located 32 miles south and west of Lander on Highway 28.


Carissa Mine Open House - 1 to 3 p.m. - Saturday-Sunday

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 12 to 2 p.m. - Saturday-Sunday

The Pushroot Rangers Outside the Carissa Saloon 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -Saturday

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

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

Marjane Ambler – Book Signing at Smith Sherlock Store 12:30 to 2 p.m. - Saturday

Pony Express Demo National Pony Express Association 11:45 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. - Saturday-Sunday

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

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

Barbecue & Refresments by Grandma & Grandpa Catering at the Ball Field  - Saturday-Sunday

Shaved Ice By Frigid Frog 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 10:30 a.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 Table at the South Pass Hotel - Saturday-Sunday



Base Ball:

July 12th 

Game 1 - 9 a.m. Hudson vs. SPC

Game 2 - 11 a.m. Lander vs. Riverton

Game 3 - 2 p.m.  Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

Game 4 - 4 p.m.  Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2


July 13th 

Game 5 - 10 a.m. Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4

Game 6 - 12 p.m. Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5

Game 7 - 2 p.m. optional

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

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