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Stone walls, echoing halls, clanging doors -- all staples of our impressions of prisons and prison life. There are some that are no longer in use that the public can visit that perpetuate that image.  Others might surprise you.  As always, if we've missed any prisons now open to the public, please tell us.  
 

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  AZ

  Yuma

  Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

  1 Prison Hill Road

  Yuma  AZ    85364    

  Phone  928 783-4771

  Web Site http://www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/yuma.html

  Description  prison from 1876-1909, with guard tower, cell blocks, gates

  Type of Resource  Historic Place

  Building Type  Prison

  Industry /Profession Law Enforcement

  Era 1876

  Owner/Operator:  Arizona State Parks

  New or Updated:   10/24/2006

California
Represa
Folsom Prison Museum
300 Prison Road
PO Box 71
Represa CA 95671
Phone
916 985-2561
Web Site http://www.cdc.state.ca.us/facility/instfol.htm
Alt Web  http://www.stevenmenke.com/FolsomPrisonMuseum.htm
Description  near the entrance to the prison, documents, artifacts, video
Type of Resource  Historic Place
Building Type  Prison
Research/Reading Library

California
San Francisco
Alcatraz
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay
San Francisco CA
Phone 
415 705-1042
Alt Phone 415 705-5555
Web Site http://www.nps.gov/alcatraz/
E-mail  goga_alcatraz@nps.gov
Description probably the most famous US prison, the island is accessible only by ferry - advance reservations suggested
Type of Resource Historic Place
Building Type  Prison

 

 

  CO

  Canon City

  Museum of Colorado Prisons

   201 N 1st Street

  PO Box 1229

  Canon City   CO      81215    

  Phone   719 269-3015

  Web Site  http://www.prisonmuseum.org/

  E-mail  mailto:CTPM@prodigy,net

  Description  located in 1935 women's prison, details 77 executions,  32 cells, disciplinary artifacts, photos of prison life, gas chamber

  Type of Resource   Historic Place

  Building Type   Prison

  Industry /Profession Law Enforcement

  Era  1871

  New or Updated:         4/3/2005

  Connecticut
East Granby
Old New Gate Prison and Copper Mine
115 Newgate Road
East Granby CT  06026
Phone 
860 653-3563
Web Site http://www.chc.state.ct.us/old_new.htm
Description copper mine known mostly as prison for captured British in the Revolution
Type of Resource Museum
Primary Focus Military
Building Type Prison
Field of Study Science Facility Geology
Industry Profession Mining
Era Revolutionary War
Owner/Operator: Connecticut Historical Society
  DE
  Delaware City
  Fort Delaware State Park
 
45 Clinton St
  PO Box 170
  Delaware City  DE  19706    
 
Phone  302 834-7941
  Web Site  http://www.destateparks.com/fdsp/fdsp.htm
 
Description  Union fortress built on an island in 1859 served as POW camp, Port Penn                         Interpretive Center
 
Type of Resource  Historic Place
  Building Type  Prison
  Kind of Activity  Living History
  Owner/Operator:  Delaware State Parks
  New or Updated:  07/25/2003
Georgia
Andersonville
Andersonville National Historic Site
Route 1, Box 800
Andersonville GA 31711
Phone
912 924-0343
Web Site http://www.nps.gov/ande/
Alt Web http://www.inusa.com/tour/ga/albany/anhs.htm
Description visitor center explains Andersonville prison, national cemetery, Civil War prisons north and south
Type of Resource Historic Place
Building Type Prison
Nature of Group or Site  Outdoor
Era Civil War

  MT

  Deer Lodge

  Old Montana Prison

  1106 Main Street

  Deer Lodge   MT       59722    

  Phone   406 846-3111

  Web Site  http://www.pcmaf.org/prison.htm

  E-mail  mailto:oldprisonmuseums@in-tch.com

  Description  7 museums and theatre on 22 acre site of old state prison

  Type of Resource   Historic Place

  Primary Focus  Building

  Building Type   Prison

  Owner/Operator:  Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation

  New or Updated:          12/21/2005

 

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