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Rawlinscityseat of Carbon county, south-central WyomingU. It lies just east of the Continental Divide at an elevation of 6, feet 2, metres. Rawlins, who requested a freshwater spring there bear his name.
Rawlins has since become a railroad division point, a supply centre for a ranching, lumbering, and coal-mining area, and a tourist rest stop for nearby national forests. In the s it became an important shipping point for uranium from the Gas Hills area to the north.
Rawlins is home to the state penitentiary; the Frontier Prison, which served as the penitentiary from to is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby Sinclair has an oil refinery. Additional Info. Contributors Article History. Print Cite verified Cite. While every effort has been made to follow citation style rules, there may be some discrepancies.
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