Big increase in visitors at old Missouri State Penitentiary

     (AP) – One of mid-Missouri’s fastest growing tourist

attractions is a place where nobody wanted to be prior to its closing in 2004 –

the Missouri State Penitentiary.

     The Jefferson City News Tribune reports that 32,811 people this year visited

the old state prison, a haunted-looking place that first opened in 1836. The

number of visitors was a 25 percent increase over 2015. And Mayor Carrie Tergin

noted that as recently as 2009, just 3,000 people visited the landmark.

     Decommissioned prisons are popular tourist spots around the county. Perhaps

the most famous is Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay, which draws about 1 million

visitors annually. The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, which closed

in 1971, drew 350,000 visitors last year.


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