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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  • Actually being inside a prison to see convicts living environment was interesting to me. Seeing the gas chamber and the tour guide going through the process provided information I didn't know. I... 
    Actually being inside a prison to see convicts living environment was interesting to me. Seeing the gas chamber and the tour guide going through the process provided information I didn't know. I...  more »
  • Probably the BEST guided tour I've ever participated in! Mike and Nadine were EXCEPTIONAL! Whether you are interested in MSP in particular or penitentiaries in general they know it all. Mike loves... 
    Probably the BEST guided tour I've ever participated in! Mike and Nadine were EXCEPTIONAL! Whether you are interested in MSP in particular or penitentiaries in general they know it all. Mike loves...  more »
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  • This was an awesome tour and mostly because of Larry Neal! To see up close a piece of history and get such great color from Larry on the life there certainly made all the difference. He made you feel in the middle of it all (and certainly no one would wish that). Dress for the weather! Was a bit cool on our visit and only wore light jackets. Make the drive.
  • Such a neat experience. My first time doing something like this. Wasn't sure what to expect but I had so much fun exploring the buildings at night. The guide we had was also awesome. Definitely want to come do it again! Would make a fun date night.

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