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Old Idaho Penitentiary

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Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: 208-334-2844
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Description: 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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My 9-year old granddaughter has wanted to see this for 4 years, after seeing it on Ghost Adventures! It did not disappoint one bit! We went early to beat the triple digit heat and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Athol, Idaho
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Athol, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

My 9-year old granddaughter has wanted to see this for 4 years, after seeing it on Ghost Adventures! It did not disappoint one bit! We went early to beat the triple digit heat and found that to be a wise choice.

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Indianapolsi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Interesting place to walk around. Lots of history. Very well preserved. They sometimes do concerts and special events there. Eire but not frighting. Right next door to the Boise Botanical Garden which makes double cool. Nice day out. Also connected to the green belt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Great way to spend a couple of hrs while in Boise. Old prison grounds,very well preserved. Next door is Idaho Botanical Gardens.Nice gardens, trees.

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Boise
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Looking to check out a historic Penitentiary, than you should visit Boise, Idaho. See how prisoners lived, check out the cells, the gallos, and solitary, also known as Siberia.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you like a something a little different, go take a tour. It will definitely give you the creeps but a very cool place. If you get a chance to go to a concert there, don't pass it up.

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Had a great time. We went there because Ghost adventures had been there and my daughter was so excited . we had a great time lots to learn and see a little museum on sight. Not sure if we saw any ghosts. Will need to go back again.

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Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

It was interesting to visit and learn the history behind the penitentiary as an adult. I remember visiting as field trip in elementary school.

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Boise, Idaho
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The Old Idaho Pen offers interesting history of the inmates that have gone through the Penn, offers a full walk through of the grounds and BEAUTIFUL scenery. Be sure to walk through the Bishop's back yard full of beautiful plants and peaceful atmosphere. Definitely make this a stop.

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Port Richey, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A visit to remember-you see real pictures, cells and even a floor drop used for hangings. Also, on the sight is a great weapon and prop museum owed by a rich collector-Many old pistols, rifles, machine guns, etc. Walls and cells are marked with convict real writings. Some of these may be offensive to young children.Many cells are open and... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We love history so we decided to check out the penitentiary. You are able to walk through most of the old holding cells. Do be aware if you have young children who can read, there is some graffiti left behind that is original. There is also a great historical gun display, not related to the penitentiary but great to see.... More 

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Address: Address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: 208-334-2844
Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Boise

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