Missouri State Penitentiary
You can tour the old Missouri State Penitentiary, which had been used for 168 years when it closed in 2004. It was the oldest continuously operated prison west of the Mississippi River at the time.
January 16, 1833: Funds were appropriated to build the new state penitentiary in Jefferson City.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.