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Carbon County, Wyoming


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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Wyoming state capital is Cheyenne.
The population of Rawlins is approximately 9,380 (1990), 9259 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 3,948 (1990), 3443 (2010).
The amount of land area in Rawlins is 18.515 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Rawlins is 8 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0 sq kilometers.
The distance from Rawlins to Washington DC is 1670 miles.
The distance to the Wyoming state capital is 136 miles. (as the crow flies)
Rawlins is positioned 41.78 degrees north of the equator and 107.22 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Rawlins elevation is 6,755 feet above sea level.
Rawlins average annual precipitation is 10.9 inches peryear.
Rawlins average annual snowfall is 41.5 inches per year.
Rawlins average temperature is 42.2 degrees F.
The average winter temperature is 35.8 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 67.6 degrees F.


on I-80 mid-way through the southern half of Wyoming. Here is a map page for Rawlins.
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semi-arid with low relative humidity.
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History & History Related Items

A history page for Rawlins, including a great picture of the founder!

While helping survey the route of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1867, General John A. Rawlins, Chief of Staff of the U. S. Army, expressed a wish for a drink of good, cold water. A detachment of scouts explored the countryside and discovered a spring. General Rawlins declared it was the most refreshing drink he had ever tasted and exclaimed, "If anything is ever named after me, I hope it will be a spring of water." The commander of the party immediately named the spring "Rawlins Springs" and the community which grew around it bore the same name. Later shortened to Rawlins, the town was incorporated in 1886, and designated the seat of Carbon County. The county's name was derived from the extensive coal deposits found in the area. The county is traversed by the historic Overland Trail and both the original route of the Union Pacific railroad and Lincoln Highway.
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The incorporation of Rawlins



Wyoming Frontier Prison
5th & Walnut St.
Phone: 1-307-324-4422

Fiesta Days
2nd Fri & Sat of July each year
July 7-8, 2000
in Downtown Rawlins WY

Carbon County Museum
9th & Walnut St.
Phone: 1-307-328-2740

Rawlins Family Recreation Center

Rawlins Uplift (unique geologic formation)

Wyoming Peace Officers Museum
5th & Walnut St.
Rawlins, WY
Phone: 1-307-324-4422

The Cowboy Poet's Gathering
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Rawlins City Government

The City of Rawlins

Rawlins is the county seat of Carbon County

Rawlins Chamber

Rawlins - Carbon County Chamber of Commerce
519 West Cedar Street
P.O. Box 1331
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
Phone: 307-324-4111
Toll-free: 800-935-4821
Fax: 307-324-5078

Rawlins Community Events

The Cowboy Poet's Gathering
2000 date: July 20 - 23
Place: Carbon County Fairgrounds, Rawlins WY
July 20: Ranch tour OR Wild Horse Photo Shoot
July 21: Accredited Cowboy Poetry class presented by Waddie Mitchell and R. Timothy Rush, Ph.D. at Rawlins High School Fine Arts Auditorium; Friday Night Shin-dig (dinner, poets & music)
July 21-22: Red Desert Western Arts Roundup; Chuckwagon meals
July 22: National Antique Show; Brunch with the Poets; Dan Roberts concert in the park; Open poetry sessions; Kevin McNiven "Wyoming's Singing Cowboy" & the History of the Horse; Main evening show featuring Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell; Saturday night dance
July 23: "Breakfast on the Prairie"; Cowboy Church
Contact L. B. Brantner (307)324-2251 or the Rawlins-Carbon County Chamber of Commerce 1-800-935-4821 for ticket information.

Rawlins Organizations

Rawlins - Carbon County Chamber of Commerce
519 West Cedar Street
P.O. Box 1331
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
Phone: 307-324-4111
Toll-free: 800-935-4821
Fax: 307-324-5078

Rawlins Libraries

Carbon County Library
215 W. Buffalo St.
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
Phone: (307)328-2618
librarian: Vicki Hitchcock (May 2000)
Branch libraries in Elk Mountain, Encampment, Hanna, Little Snake River Valley, Medicine Bow, Saratoga and Sinclair

Rawlins Schools

Carbon County School District One
Rawlins High School, Middle School, Highland Hills Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School, Pershing Elementary School
P O Box 160
Rawlins, Wyoming 82301
Phone: (307)328-9280

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