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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  • Took the 3 hour tour on 5/4 with Bill and Kathy as our tour guides. It was very interesting and informative. Bill did a great job sharing the history of the prison and his own experiences there. We wi...  more »
  • The ancient buildings sit along the Missouri River with more than a century and a half of history and horror. My ghost tour started with a lively set of scene setting takes from Jenny, our guide. The ...  more »
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  • If you love history or paranormal this is the place to go. The guides are amazing and it was so worth the money. We paid for the 5 hour overnight paranormal tour and weren't disappointed. It was so much fun. I plan on going back and doing the history tour and paranormal tour. I highly recommend this place.
  • Definitely worth the money if into facts and history. The tour fulfilled the entire time it was supposed to....full of information from people who either worked there or was incarcerated there. (So they experienced it) they allow as many queations as needed. They actually encourage questions. Tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable.

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