Eastern State Penitentiary

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Last weekend, my husband and I ventured down to Philadelphia with two friends explore Eastern State Penitentiary. Really cool place to explore and definitely worth a trip.

A bit of history
Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 after eight years of construction and was one of the most expensive buildings of its time in the United States coming in at a cost of nearly 780,000$. It was the first true “penitentiary" and became the model for later institutions. In addition to the grand architecture, it had running water and central heat before the White House. It housed notorious criminals such as “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. In 1924 it even housed Pep, "The Cat-Murdering Dog." Pep was serving a life sentence after allegedly murdering the cherished cat belonging to the wife of Pennsylvania Governor Pinchot. Eastern State closed in 1970 and was abandoned for nearly twenty years. It became an urban jungle as nature overtook the facility and was overrun with feral cats before preservation started. Daily tours started in 1994 and yearly visitors have increased ever since then. Of note, the prison encompasses an entire city block.

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I like how this cell shows the layers of the building.

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Death row.

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Cell block 3: hospital.

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View full set here.

Historical information is from Eastern State.

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