Expanded Tours to Begin at Missouri State Penitentiary

4 years 2 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, July 01 2014 Jul 1, 2014 Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:29:00 AM CDT July 01, 2014 in News
By: Zack Newman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau announced full tours of the former state penitentiary will begin Wednesday.

Tours stopped in September 2013, history tours resumed in April of this year due to construction and renovation of the prison which was built in 1836.

"It's an eerie feeling being in a building with a history of so much violence," Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau communications manager Katherine Reed said.

Guests can go on ghost tours, ghost hunts, paranormal investigations or extended history tours. Progress is being made in the clean up efforts and should be completed by the end of the summer.

"Work is ongoing but we're able to access what we need to in order to give the tours," Reed said.

Reed said her favorite part is "seeing how the prisoners lived and hearing the fascinating stories from the tour guides." 

All of the tour guides were affiliated with the prison in some way when it was in operation, several were former guards.

Tours range from $5 to $100 depending on what kind of tour guests want to go on. The cheapest is a student tour and the most expensive tour is a private overnight investigation, which lasts for eight hours and includes a "paranormal investigation" in addition to a history tour.

To find out more about tours, you can check out the Penitentiary's website or call (866) 998-6998 to schedule a tour.

Photo courtesy of the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

[Editor's note: Changes have been made to reflect the correct information about the tours.]

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