Vintage games, anvil blasting featured at Gold Rush Days

Jul 11, 2014 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

The two-day annual event begins Saturday in South Pass City.

Gold Rush Days in South Pass City are set to kick off Saturday.

The South Pass City State Historic Site hosts Gold Rush Days each summer to celebrate life in the western gold camp, according to a release from the site.

South Pass City State Historic Site superintendent Joe Ellis said this will be the 13th year for the event.

"Gold Rush Days is a great family-friendly event with events that are unique to South Pass City," Ellis said.

A vintage baseball tournament will be featured and it will include "turn-of-the-century uniforms."

Gold Rush Days also features gold panning, printing press demonstrations, live music, billiards, anvil blasting and re-enactments.

"Many of the families in the Lander and Riverton region can trace their origins to South Pass City," Ellis said. "Gold Rush Days is a great opportunity to celebrate the history of Fremont County and Wyoming."

According to the site's website, the first gold rush came to South Pass City in the summer of 1868, which brought thousands of miners, merchants and entrepreneurs, and at one point, more than 2,000 people called the city their home.

"The boom looked promising but faltered," the website stated. "When the 'color' started to fade, many South Pass City residents fled."

Ones who held on to what the city once had saw other booms throughout the years.

The city was donated to the State of Wyoming in 1968.

For more information, call 332-3684 or visit

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