Eastern State Penitentiary
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Opened in 1829 as part of a controversial movement to change the behavior of inmates through "confinement in solitude with labor," Eastern State Penitentiary quickly became one of the most expensive and most copied buildings in the young United States.
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Great start to your tour of philly. You can walk there and catch the hop on hop off
The radical nineteenth-century prison designed to create a social change.
This former prison introduced Americans to a new form of housing inmates: solitary confinement. Al Capone and Willie Sutton were among the 75,000 inmates who spent time at Eastern State Penitentiary. Self-guided tours and a Halloween haunted house, along with exhibitions and special events, make the…
A really good day out. Fascinating and pretty much as good as Alacatraz. I recommend the visit
The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971.
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