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Old Idaho Penitentiary

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Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
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In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most...

In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most desperate and mean criminals the West could offer. In 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary closed to inmates. Now our doors are open for visitors to explore over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history. Open year-round, visitors of the Old Idaho Penitentiary can walk through solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. Visit today and relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions. Call for more details about special events, educational programs and guided tours.

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History and Beauty in one place

The old penitentiary is made of sandstone cut from a nearby quarry way back in the 1800's. So many stories abound that you can spend as much or as little time as you and or your... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The old penitentiary is made of sandstone cut from a nearby quarry way back in the 1800's. So many stories abound that you can spend as much or as little time as you and or your family wants. We went in the month of February just driving by the structures and tell the stories that we already knew. We recommend... More 

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Boise Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The old penitentiary is a historical wonder with its sandstone walls and turrets at the corners it takes you back a hundred years in a real western prison where the prisoners quarried sandstone blocks which can be seen in the construction of many of Boise's grand old homes. Now on the property also is the botanical gardens. We were there... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Touring the Old Idaho State Penitentiary is a great history walk with the family or just on a date. Lots of history inside those walls to stretch the imagination. In summer time take a walk thru the rose garden or up the trail to Table Rock.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit if you want to see a piece of Idaho's history. I would recommend visiting when its warm outside.

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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my Girl Scout troop of 25 girls for the afternoon. The older girls enjoyed the guided tour. The younger girls wished they could have participated. There is lots of history & interesting facts to read and learn about. We only wished we could see more of some buildings.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting here definitely exceeded expectations! We got there at noon and stuck around for the 12:30 guided tour, which is the same price as the self-guided tour. You will learn endless amounts more on the guided tour. Our tour guide was especially passionate about telling stories about inmates, and different things that happened in different areas of the jail, helping... More 

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Taos, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very interesting historical sight with Botanical Gardens and an old, restored Victorian House available to rent for special occasions. Price is very affordable and you can have everything in one lovely place. You get the whole house, including kitchen facilities and also have use of the beautiful gardens.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a great learning experience. Could feel the tortured souls still wandering the cells. It was chilling to see the cell and execution site of "idahos jack the ripper". Wish I could've went on Friday the 13th. Will definitely do it again.

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McCall, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Friday the 13th story telling day. That was the catalyst that brought us to this historical place. The story telling was o.k and made it visit special, however walking around this venue was chilling and very interesting. There was a hidden perk, the weapons museum! A person in our party really enjoyed the weapons museum because... More 

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Radcliff, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Spent most of an afternoon checking out this historical Penitentiary. Excellent weapons museum. Only place like this I've ever been to. Great way to spend the afternoon.

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