Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City

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The Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP) opened in 1836 along the banks of the Missouri River in Jefferson City, Missouri, the state capital. The prison housed inmates for 168 years and was the oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi until it was decomissioned in 2004. The Jefferson City Convention & Visitors Bureau now offers a wide variety of tours at the site, once named the "bloodiest 47 acres in America" by Time magazine. Visitors can choose to take a History or Ghost Tour among others and will walk through several incredibly historic housing units, the vast upper yard of the property and the gas chamber, where 40 men and women were executed. The tour also showcases cells of infamous inmates such as Sonny Liston, who learned to box during his time in the big house and James Earl Ray. Visit www.MissouriPenTours.com for a list and description of available tours. Advanced reservations are required and can be made online or by calling (866)998-6998. Tour season runs March - November, weather permitting. Come "Get Locked Up" at the Missouri State Penitentiary!
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  • Good tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we were never rushed. We stopped here on our road trip. It was a little out of the way but well worth it. Too bad one of the buildings we were not.....  more »
  • My husband and I went on a 2 hour history tour of this facility and enjoyed it very much. We had been on other prison tours but this was particularly outstanding. Our tour guide, Michael, played a.....  more »
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  • This is an amazing place. We have stayed here overnight at least 3 times and it has been the experience of a lifetime. The staff is super friendly and helpful with any questions. The place is beyond creepy and confirm without a doubt it is haunted. The lights go out and spirits come out. Worth a stop! Always book in advance this place is very busy. Get their early on the overnight tours the shop is only open before your tour. Make a trip!
  • What a blast. Very cool basic ghost tour, where you can experience some serious creepiness. Gas chamber at the end is sobering.

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