2018 Great American Main Street Semi-Finalist Spotlight: Rock Springs, Wyoming

March 13, 2018 | National Main Street Center | 2018 Great American Main Street (GAMSA) Semi-Finalist Spotlight |2018_Semi-Finalists_Spotlight_Pic.pngAt the end of the month, we will be announcing the three winners of the 2018 Great American Main Street Award (GAMSA) at the Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Semi-finalists, selected by a national jury of community development professionals and leaders in the fields of economic development and historic preservation, the semi-finalists exemplify the power of the Main Street Approach® to transform traditional downtowns and neighborhood business districts.

Thank you to U.S. Bank for their generous sponsorship of the 2018 Great American Main Street Awards.

In anticipation of our GAMSA reveal, we will be highlighting each semi-finalist on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day until the #NOW18 conference.

Rock Springs Main Street • Rock Springs, Wyoming

Year Founded: 2006 | Population: 23,755 | Square Blocks in Commercial District: 48

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The SweetwaterNOW Brown Bag free summertime concert series featuring local and touring performers. Photo Credit: Lisa Romero

“The transformations in Downtown Rock Springs have been taking place over the past decade or more but really picked up recently. We restored a train freight station, turning it into a visitor center and event space. We also restored our historic Broadway Theater. Together, both facilities bring over 15,000 visitors downtown each year – not only attending events but dining, shopping and more."
~Chad Banks, Manager of Downtown Rock Springs/Urban Renewal Agency


For the last 10 years, Rock Springs Main Street’s efforts have reshaped the economic destiny of the downtown district. For years, this once rugged Wild West town was a place most people avoided, but it is now an area visitors flock to, and residents are proud to call home. You’ll never be hungry (or thirsty!) in town, since Rock Springs boasts more than 15 locally-owned bars and restaurants and 30 boutiques. The Freight Station, a former transfer station for the Union Pacific railroad-turned community center, is another highlight of the district that brings the community together with weekly events and celebrates Rock Springs’ unique heritage.

Rock Springs is also enjoying an exciting arts renaissance, anchored by the newly refurbished Broadway Theater, a 370-seat live performance venue. The Art Underground Gallery, showcasing the work of 25 local artists, designed to bring life, color, and art to a pedestrian underpass, helps to bring flair to under-utilized public spaces.

Rock Springs Main Street keeps up the energy year round, including ARTini, a juried competition where mixologists whip up unique martinis; Main Street Market; Downtown Restaurant Week; SweetwaterNOW concert series; Rods & Rails car show; and Sweetwater Blues n’ Brew.

FUN FACT: Some well-known outlaws resided in Rock Springs over the years. Robert Leroy Parker, a.k.a. Butch Cassidy, got his nickname working in a local butcher shop, and rumor has it that Calamity Jane had a dugout on what is now M Street.

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​​Check back tomorrow for our next GAMSA semi-finalist spotlight.

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