So interesting. Lots of facts. Prison operated from the mid 1800s to 1973. Women’s prison on grounds as well. Lots of stuff to read and see.
In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the...read more
In 1872 the Idaho Territorial Prison opened its doors to some of the most desperate and mean criminals the West could offer. In 1973 the Idaho State Penitentiary closed to inmates. Now our doors are open for visitors to explore over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history. Open year-round, visitors of the Old Idaho Penitentiary can walk through solitary confinement, cell blocks, and the gallows. Visit today and relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions. Call for more details about special events, educational programs and guided tours.