Old Idaho Penitentiary | 2 House

Old Idaho Penitentiary | 2 House

 Welcome to the cell block inside 2 house, this facility also goes by the title of the north wing. Prisoner’s sentenced to 2 house were living in a facility with virtually no comforts. Those unlucky souls staying here would be doing so without any running water, as this building...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 3 House

Old Idaho Penitentiary | 3 House

 Here we are standing in the cell block of the facility known as three house. This location was closed for sanitation concerns in 1921. After closing, it functioned as a temporary shoe factory, but ultimately it was remodeled in 1928 for inmate housing. Once the remodel was complete it...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 3 House

Old Idaho Penitentiary | 3 House

 We are currently standing in the stairwell on the second floor of three house. As you can see, this corridor has very low ceilings, and very narrow walkways. One can imagine that a space this confined, would be difficult to navigate safely by inmates and the prison guards. Apparently...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 4 House

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 Here underneath the giant open teepee, one can experience top dancers performing inside what can only be described as an incredible sacred space. The colors and music at the festival is positively mesmerizing, and this wonderful celebration continues well on into the night. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 Every year, thousands of Native Americans from all over, come here to compete sing and dance at this incredible event. Featuring some of the top dancers and drum groups in North America. This celebration is a beautiful and powerful experience for all. During this multiple day event, there are...

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 This amazing Festival is held every year in August, near Fort Hall, just outside of Pocatello. This celebration is held to strengthen the inter-tribal relationships of all native Americans. It is a beautiful display of culture and art, that should not be missed. More Destinations on THE GRID  ...

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Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

Shoshone Bannock Festival | Idaho

 In native American culture, the teepee is a symbol for our inter-connectedness, and the space inside the teepee is considered sacred. Underneath this giant open teepee tribal elders speak words of wisdom, and share stories about their beautiful heritage. More Destinations on THE GRID  

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Castle Rocks State Park | Idaho

Castle Rocks State Park | Idaho

 If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, look no further. This unique geological wonderland is open to all. With clear trails and helpful signs, navigating the Park, is a breeze. This beautiful park is located just outside of the remote town of Almo. A fantastic spot for outdoor adventurers...

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Castle Rocks State Park | Idaho

Castle Rocks State Park | Idaho

 Castle Rock State Park features beautiful rugged trails, which can be explored by visitors on bicycles, horseback, and foot. During summer and winter months, this area is a popular spot for rock and Ice climbing. If rock climbing isn’t your cup of tea, this park is a spectacular location...

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