Missouri's new tourist hot spot: Jefferson City's old penitentiary
The Kansas City Star
The old Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City is starting to draw quite the crowd.
The state prison built in 1836 and decommissioned in 2004 attracted more than 19,000 people from 23 countries in 2012. The Associated Press reports that for the first time, it generated a profit of $35,000 from $275,000 in revenue mostly from ticket sales.
The prison sits near the Missouri River near the state Capitol. Its history of housing hardened criminals behind its imposing stone walls makes it curiously appealing.
Jefferson City also has two active prisons. But most folks wouldn’t want to go there.