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Old Idaho Penitentiary
Ranked #3 of 124 things to do in Boise
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Owner description: 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.
New Meadows, Idaho
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66 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Worth the trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

Had time to kill and found this historical site. Well worth the trip. Looking forward to checking it out again, there is a lot of information to take in. Very interesting history and well preserved. Hanging room gives you chills for sure. Love that you can take a self guided tour to go at your own pace, but I guess you might miss some history going that route. Can't imagine the night tour...creepy!!

Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
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82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Super Creepy. Good for a Halloween visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

It's pretty neat that they preserved this place. It's really a cool old building and very close to downtown. It is creepy, however! I'd recommend going here right before Halloween for a good spook. For an average day though, it's pretty heavy.

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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very interesting place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

We took the guided tour. The volunteer was very knowledgeable about the history of the prison. She really took time to answer questions and provide information that was not on the self-guided tour signs.
I did not know what to expect, and it was a moving experience to hear about the people and events that shaped the history of Idaho.
It was a tough place to survive in no matter if you were the warden, guard or prisoner.

Visited October 2013
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Calgary, Alberta
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44 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Worth a stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

Had a few hours to kill, and this easily did that. Very interesting. Kids liked it too. The hanging room although creepy, the highlight for the group

Visited October 2013
Thank Jodi A
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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“If you like to get spooked...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Then you will love this place. We took a self guided tour and were sure to read all the historical facts we could find. The guided tour would be very informational and fun since there is a rich history of violence and general creepiness in this place. My 12 year old daughter loved it and was just the right amount of creeped out and sad for the past inhabitants of this (very) old place. We will go again, but would love the night tour next time. Yikes.

Visited August 2013
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