Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure II

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The second, third and fourth tiers of A Hall of the old Missouri State Penitentiary  in Jefferson City, Missouri commonly referred to as “The Walls” because of the stone wall which surrounded the prison. Opened originally in 1836, it is known as “The Bloodiest 47 Acres in America”, and was finally closed in 2004.

“Before it was decommissioned in 2004, the Missouri State Penitentiary was the oldest continuously operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi River. Housing Unit Four, aka A Hall, was completed in 1838, making it the prison’s oldest structure. More than 50 other buildings were added to the site during MSP’s storied history, which includes famous inmates Sonny Liston, who began his boxing career while incarcerated at the prison, and James Earl Ray, who escaped the prison by way of a bread truck in 1967 (he assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. the next year).” https://www.missouripentours.com/into-the-dark.php


Only three of the 50 buildings on the penitentiary grounds remain; two cell blocks and the gas chamber. The penitentiary hosts daylight and nighttime guided tours.

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