Restoration at South Pass City is an ongoing project.
As with most mining towns, SPC residents planned to be here for a short period of time & the buildings were meant to be temporary. The challenge today is how to keep the temporary for the future.
That challenge was taken up by the Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources. The site was established as a historic site in 1968 with 29 acres & the buildings in the town. 100 winters had taken their toll. State Parks & Cultural Resources has invested many hours into this premier site, stabilizing buildings, restoring interiors & interpreting the rich history of SPC. Now all the buildings along the historic main street are stabilized and interpreted for the public.
In 2003 the Wyoming State Legislature purchased the Carissa Mine & added it to South Pass City State Historic Site. The Carissa expanded the site to 389 acres, 45 historic structures & expanded the story that can be told at SPC.
Working with our partners at the Abandoned Mine Lands Division of the Department of Environmental Quality, SPC has mitigated mine hazards, stabilized buildings & restored much of the Carissa to working order.
Interpretive trails now provide over 4 miles of hiking & outdoor learning opportunities for individuals, families & groups.
The Friends of South Pass, a non-profit member organization, have provided funds to exhibit & interpret the site, as well as host events. The friends are the ones that bring the site to life!
Together these individuals & groups make restoration possible & help preserve South Pass City for the future.