Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WV Penitentiary

P1020128, originally uploaded by Petie_in_Cbus.
The West Virginia State Penitentiary is a retired, Gothic style prison located in Moundsville, West Virginia and operated from 1876 to 1995. The structure was originally built for 480 prisoners, but by the early 1930s it housed a total of 2,400.
The place has a pretty violent history and said to be haunted. Apparently, it is noted for one of the most imfamous riots, and rumor has it that they took the place hostage by sitting on the burial mound next door (more on the mound later). It even housed Charles Manson for a bit, and he had requested to return to it. Sadly, we didn't get there until after our work day, therefore were too late for a tour, but apparently you can stay from dusk-dawn for $50- and that includes a showing of the MTV Fear episode where it was featured, pizza and pop. Vacation anyone???


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