Clearmont, Wyoming, is a tiny town located east of Buffalo and Sheridan on Highway 14. If you ever have the chance to visit Clearmont, be careful. You might get thrown in jail.

In 1922, the town of Clearmont built a small, two-cell jailhouse near the Water Tower. It was originally used to detain people who were caught drinking during prohibition. According to, the historic building remained in service until 1961.

These days, the old jailhouse lies next to a playground in the city park and remains open to the public. Parents often put their children in the hoosegow after playing on the nearby swing set. Luckily, the two cell doors no longer lock.

While it may be the smallest, the little old jailhouse in Clearmont isn't the only monument to crime and punishment in the Cowboy State.

The Wyoming Territorial Prison Historic Site near Laramie housed over 1,000 convicts from 1872 to 1903. The Wyoming Frontier Prison in Rawlins dates back to 1901 and remains a popular destination for tourists.


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