Check out historic downtown Rock SpringsSeptember 27, 2016

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rock springs coal sign spanning downtown street

Rock Springs, incorporated in 1888, is the largest city in Sweetwater County. Rock Springs has a long history of being a stopping point for everyone from early-day pioneers and bank robbers (Butch Cassidy earned his nickname working at a butcher shop in Downtown Rock Springs!) to modern-day travelers.

A close-knit community of diverse immigrant coal miners from 56 nations laid the foundation of the town’s culture. Downtown Rock Springs boasts more than 15 locally owned bars and restaurants that are reflective of the city’s multiculturalism.

Remedies, an old-fashioned soda fountain in rock springs

You can nosh on everything from all-American fare at Broadway Burger Station to Mexican food at Los Primos. A Rock Springs landmark since the 1930s, Boschetto’s European Market & Deli was founded by Ben Boschetto who immigrated to Rock Springs from northern Italy.

Bitter Creek Brewing offers legendary microbrews combined with a delectable menu. Remedies is a blast-from-the-past soda fountain and retro-style diner. You can get the best coffee drinks in town at Java Peddler, a unique barista business in a bike shop. For after dinner drinks, the Park Lounge serves up spirits with a smile and even hosts live local music.

Broadway Theater in downtown rock springs

Entertainment is easy for you to find in Downtown Rock Springs. The newly refurbished Broadway Theater is a live performance venue that hosts sold-out concerts, special events and other performances. The Community Fine Arts Center features a high caliber of blue-chip art and a performing arts program not typically found in communities the size of Rock Springs.

exterior shot of rock springs historical museum

For a little dose of local history, there’s the Rock Springs Historical Museum, housed in the original Rock Springs City Hall, constructed in 1894. The exhibits emphasis the city’s coal mining and multi-national heritage. The museum also has a self-guided walking tour of historic downtown that is a favorite of history buffs.

before and after shot of the refurbished freight station in downtown rock springs

The newly refurbished Freight Station – a signature structure in the district – not only has special events space. It also houses the Visitors Center where travelers can ask friendly, local experts for recommendations and utilize the clean public restrooms.

If you haven’t checked out historic downtown Rock Springs recently, we invite you to come next time you’re in the area. We bet you won’t be disappointed!