Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City

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The Missouri State Penitentiary was a prison in Jefferson City, Missouri, that operated from 1836 to 2004. Part of the Missouri Department of Corrections, it served as the state of Missouri's primary maximum security institution. Before it closed, it was the oldest operating penal facility west of the Mississippi River. It was replaced by the Jefferson City Correctional Center, which opened on September 15, 2004.
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  • Stopped here on our way through, this was a very interesting tour. We did the historical tour and the guides Michael and Randy were great! Michael was so great, he was able to transport you to the.....  more »
  • Larry, Cathy, & Naydene guided the tour, and they did a fantastic job. So many interesting stories & history there. It was very cool to see things up close, and hear insider information from people...  more »
  • 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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