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Drive by the Big House

This is a driving stop if you are doing a road trip. They have buffalo (yes it is a federal... read more

Reviewed June 25, 2018
Herb M
Kansas City, Kansas
Not a tourist attraction

Although Leavenworth might be know for its prisons, this is not a tourist attraction. It is a very... read more

Reviewed July 25, 2017
Melissa B
Leavenworth, Kansas
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Jun 25, 2018
“Drive by the Big House”
Jul 25, 2017
“Not a tourist attraction ”
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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1300 Metropolitan Ave, Leavenworth, KS 66048-1254
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

This is a driving stop if you are doing a road trip. They have buffalo (yes it is a federal prison) that you can watch and just to drive around it give a feeling of a 1920s movie.

1  Thank Herb M
Reviewed July 25, 2017 via mobile

Although Leavenworth might be know for its prisons, this is not a tourist attraction. It is a very beautiful building that can be viewed from the outside along Kansas Highway 7 in Leavenworth. There is no public admission or tours of any kind. It is...More

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Reviewed June 8, 2017

Yes, the history of this place is great. A long list of infamous prisoners stayed here. , all you can do is drive by and see it. There are some buffalo on the west side in a field that are kind of neat to see....More

Thank Jason B
Reviewed May 10, 2017

This was only a drive-by visit. It was just interesting to see the infamous prison even from the outside only. The structure is quite intimidating. The buffalo was unexpected!

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Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

Cool Place to see that can be viewed up close and personal from the road in front. Not maximum security status anymore but cool none the less.

Thank pjicleanair
Reviewed December 12, 2016

I spent close to two years working here, while it seems like a tourist attraction on the computer, it isn't. It is a functioning Federal Prison and not open for tours. This is actually where the "Birdman of Alcatraz" had his birds. Pets were not...More

7  Thank Jessie R. S
Reviewed September 2, 2016

Visting USP Leavenworth is really just a drive-by attraction but the facility itself is very impressive. Built in 1897, USP Leavenworth is one of the oldest prisons operated by the federal government and it was originally designed as a maximum security prison and has a...More

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