When traveling, globetrotters have an endless range of possibilities to discover our planet. We can find people who do adventure tourism, sports (to follow their favorite team in a certain contest), musical (touring a particular band tour) and even funera;. But, have you ever thought of famous prisons as the main attraction?
Touring the Most Famous Prisons in the US
And it is that in the following list converge historical sites, plagued of legends and where diverse personalities (that go from royalty to the gangster world) have had to serve time. Today, many are reserved for tourist attractions and even settings to the movies of the infamous characters that inhabited them.
6 US Prison Tours You Don’t Want to Miss
If you are tired of visiting traditional destinations and want to take your traveling further, you can not miss these eerie attractions! Because of their history and significance, you can learn a lot from one of these tours.
1. Alcatraz Island
Undoubtedly, the most famous prison in history. It is located on the top of Alcatraz Island (located in the Bay of San Francisco) and served as a federal prison until 1963. Some of its most famous tenants were Al Capone and Robert Stroud. It has served as inspiration for dozens of novels and several movies. While today you can visit, it is simply a place of ark history.
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
Built in 1829, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia is famous for its obscure appearance and because Al Capone was imprisoned there for eight months (1929-1930). The last prisoners left in 1970. Closed in 1971, since 1994, it offers guided tours on-site. Inside scenes were filmed from the 12 Monkeys and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movies.
3. Missouri State Penitentiary
The Missouri State Penitentiary is located in Jefferson City. The jail operated from 1836 to 2004, and was once was considered the largest in the United States. Currently, they operate tours that lead visitors through the dungeons, the gas chamber, and the exercise yard.
4. Prison of Southern Michigan
By the time it was completed, the southern Michigan prison was the world’s largest walled prison, with the capacity to retain 5,000 inmates. The penitentiary is still in use, but an area called Cell Block 7 is home to a museum about the history of the prison. Also, one of its mutinies inspired Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954).
5. Ohio State Reformatory
Images from the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield (Ohio) on Flickr produce chills. While his prison may be known as frightening, dark and whoever visits says they feel overwhelmed, some people can’t resist.
The Shawshank Redemption and Air Force One were filmed there, as well as an episode of the Ghostbusters series.
The reformatory even hopes to build a “Shawshank” wing!
6. West Virginia Penitentiary
The West Virginia Penitentiary website is almost like a fairground attraction, highlighting the potential for fright and potential ghosts that the visitor will encounter on their tour. Everything about this tour is about the paranormal activity! It is a Gothic architecture building located in Moundsville (West Virginia) and offers its visitors to even sit on the electric chair. If you don’t have a faint heart, this may be just right!