Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Just ahead, you’ll notice two buildings, the south wing, and the north wing. The entrance to the south wing is on your left, and the entrance of the north wing is on your right. Continuing on past these two buildings are steps leading to four and five house, with...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Here we are positioned between the chapel located in front of you, and the 3 house, located directly behind you. 3 house originally housed inmates, but it was condemned for habitation, and opened back up as a shoe factory in 1921. In 1928 it was remodeled to house inmates...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Rose Garden

 Welcome to the Old Pen’s humble rose garden, here inmates tended to the surrounding flowers and foliage. This site may have served as a place to find peace and solitude for those lucky enough to be caretakers. This also happened to be the location where 6 inmates were killed...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Dining Hall

 During operation, this building served as the Old Pen’s dining hall, until it was burned to the ground in the riot of 1973. Interestingly, this building was designed by an Inmate named George Hamilton, during his stay here. Just to the left of the dining hall, is a path...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 The building directly ahead, is the location of the original territorial prison. The original prison opened its doors to the very first inmates, in 1872. This structure was later converted into a chapel during the 1930’s. From this vantage point, we can see that this building was very badly...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Right now we are standing at the intersection of four separate buildings, the new cell house, the north wing, the south wing, and the chapel. Directly ahead is what’s left of the dining hall, after the inmates burned it to the ground in the 1973 riots. More Destinations on...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 The building directly ahead of you is named “New” cell House, and its construction was completed in the year 1889. This building houses cell blocks in three tiers, consisting of forty-two steel prison cells. The building directly behind you is named the north-wing, and the construction of this facility...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Entrance

 Welcome to the old historic penitentiary, this facility has a long and rich history with Idaho. Construction of the Old Pen began in 1870, with prisoners arriving just two years later. This 4 and one half acre site, was originally selected due to its close proximity to the growing...

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