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Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States.
The population was 18,708 at the 2000 census.
Rock Springs is the principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area with a
population of 37,975.
On September 2, 1885, 150 white miners attacked their Chinese coworkers, killing 28, wounding 15,
and forcing several hundred more out of town.
The event is known as the Rock Springs Massacre and is one of the worst race riots in American history.
As of 2006, there are still remains of the old coal mining towns outside of Rock Springs, Wyoming.
The site has great historical significance and contains artifacts relating to the Rock Springs Massacre.
Rock Springs is also home to Western Wyoming Community College, and Wyoming's Big Show a
yearly event featuring a carnival and concerts, held at the Sweetwater County Events Complex.
Rock Springs is currently in the midst of an energy boom due to the large number of oil and natural
gas wells in the region.
The local economy is short mainly on service industry employees but due to the low number of
viable employees, the jobs are well paying by national standards.
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