Project Details

Restoring a historic gold mining town from the 1850s

Client: Abandoned Mine Lands
Time Span: 2018
Location: Wyoming

Related Service Areas

Mining & Energy

Related Solutions

Mine Reclamation


Wyoming’s South Pass City is a historic gold mining town from the 1850s. The local Carissa Gold Mine is one of a thousand reclaimed mine sites in the state. When the State of Wyoming first considered the purchase and restoration of the Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) 9B-2 – Carissa Mine site, RESPEC was hired to investigate the property and share findings. Our team’s report to the AML included details about the investigative and inventory methods used, findings, methods of hazard mitigation, recommendations, and estimated costs to restore the property to acceptable levels of public safety. RESPEC’s eleven-year, multi-phase project, initially provided the State with valuable information to determine whether to purchase the Carissa property as a historical site. After the State purchase in 2003, RESPEC’s team delivered professional engineering services for the design, reclamation and mitigation of hazards, and historical restorations.

Specifically, RESPEC developed interpretive, strategic, and exhibit plans, and evaluated physical and environmental hazards. Our team completed mitigation of hazardous materials, mine dangers, and environmental issues, before beginning the historical restoration work on numerous buildings. RESPEC’s team successfully restored one of the largest boom towns of Wyoming’s Gold Rush days. Specifically, RESPEC developed interpretive, strategic, and exhibit plans, and evaluated physical and environmental hazards. Our team completed mitigation of hazardous materials, mine dangers, and environmental issues.