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The Ferris Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places 11/1/82

The historical significance of the building lies with its association with George Ferris, one of Wyoming's more prominent businessmen. He gained statewide political prominence as a member of the House in the 1873 and 1875 Territorial Legislative Assemblies and as a delegate to the Wyoming Constitutional Convention from Carbon County. By the time ground was broken in 1899 for his house overlooking Rawlins, Ferris had acquired sole ownership of the Ferris-Haggarty mine in the Grand Encampment copper mining district and was at the zenith of his financial success. Designed by an architect nationally known for opulent houses, this small mansion was intended to represent the family's ascension into the ranks of the state's wealthy elite. Ferris, however, was killed near his mine the following year, and it was left up to his widow Julia to complete the building three years later.

My grandfather,Thomas William Craig IV, purchased the house in the 1930's ? and lived there untill his death in 1944. Then it was transfered to his daughter, Helen Craig/Salisbury and they lived there until it was taked over by Doctor Jeffery to satisfy a loan by him. Since they it has had more owners and has been restored back to almost original and still stands today.
at Ferris Mansion, Rawlins/Carbon, Wyoming USA


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