Old Idaho Penitentiary | 4 House

 Four house is the largest and most modern cell block at the penitentiary. Construction was completed in 1954, and this building became the main place where inmates were housed. Some of the inmates who stayed here painted their cells, and even left drawings on the walls. This gives each...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 5 House

 Five house is the only maximum security facility at the penitentiary. It is also home to the gallows and death row. Inmates incarcerated in this building were placed in these one man cells. This cell block has running water, and a place where one could potentially shower, but I...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Death Row

 Those unlucky enough to end up in 5 house, were sentenced to permanent solitary confinement. Five house was reserved for the most violent and unruly offenders. Inmates that were housed inside this room, were awaiting their last meal on earth. This building contains death row, the gallows, and the...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Gallows

 Welcome to the grim room known as the gallows. This room is located on the second floor of five house. The back wall features a display case of inmates who were executed in this very room. From this vantage point through the viewing window, one could be a witness...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Gallows Drop Room

 Although the function of this room is quite grim, it does have an important purpose post mortem. The lever on the wall directly in front of you, releases the trap door above, allowing for transportation of the inmates body. Once the body was removed, the area could be cleaned....

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 5 House Entrance

 Welcome to five house. This building housed the most diabolical and violent, of the inmates. On display in this room are a collection of ingenious weapons, fashioned by the inmates who stayed here. Shanks saps and clubs, were all popular weapons used by the inmates and subsequently, confiscated by...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Basketball Court

 The inmates used this space for more than just a friendly game of basketball. The recreational areas inside the Old Pen were also home to boxing, softball, handball, tennis, horseshoes, and other prison games. The Old Pen’s softball team were aptly named, The Outlaws, and they frequently competed with...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Directly ahead is the basketball court, and the infamous five house, where maximum security inmates were housed. Down the path to your right, is an opening to the Pen called the sally port, which was built in 1931, and provided restricted access in and out of the penitentiary. More...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Here we are standing at the front entrance to 4 house. The location description on the ground indicates that this building was completed in 1953, with this facility being the largest cell block, in the entire penitentiary. At maximum capacity this cell house could accommodate 320 inmates in four...

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