Friday, November 12, 2010

Eastern State Penitentiary

Has it been 3+ months since my last post here? Whoa- I'll have to do something about that! Just returned recently from Pennsylvania- where I went to: THE EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY!!!

Okay, okay- it's a tourist attraction now- I didn't actually get put in prison. *whew*

'"America’s Most Historic PrisonEastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone." ...from http://www.easternstate.org/

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Original Cell Door



Exterior of prison



Streetview of Prison



Prison Design



Inside of prison cell





Cell Block



Al Capone's Cell



I took like 600 pictures in Philadelphia, and probably 30 of the prison alone- it was just mesmorizing to be there, and feel the energy inside. I didn't *see* any ghosts, but we were there in the early afternoon... I think after dark might be a different story. We had an audio tour through the prison and then smaller tours on various topics lead by the park rangers: prison escapes, punishment, etc. Very interesting. I toured Alcatraz over 10 years ago and this is definitely a different feel. Very old... very dungeon like and very intimidating. The prison was purposely designed to make you feel that way and guess what, it really does. For those who plan on visiting the Philadelphia area I would highly recommend this attraction.

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