South Pass City Ghost Town

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In 1867 South Pass City became a boom town when Mormons discovered gold in the Wind River Mountains. It quickly grew to almost 3,000 residents with hotels, restaurants, stores, and of course saloons opening up. Even Mark Twain traveled through in 1861 and mentioned South Pass City in "Roughing It." Still, the vein was soon exhausted and, by 1872, everyone except a few hundred had vacated the city. Today it is a historic site with some of the original buildings remaining, open to visitors from May 15 to September 30.