In July of 2011, we visited The Old Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho. The Old Idaho Penitentiary is located in the Old Penitentiary Historic District and is open year round.
The older cells that were used in the 1800's used a steel grating instead of bars that tends to block a great deal of visibilty while either looking in, or out once the door is closed. I can only imagine the heat.
This is the place where the oddity happened: I heard the sounds of footsteps only there was nobody around, and the sounds were of hard-soled shoes, not sandals or athletic shoes like everybody wears these days. It happened when I got close to the last cell.
These were the death row cells. The cells have been left in the same condition as the last inhabitant had left them.
This is where the executions took place. The method was hanging. The condemned prisoner would fall through the floor once the trap door was released-hence the name "drop room".
The shower room was super cramped, and the shower heads themselves were very low, around 5 feet. I don't know what they had planned when they designed them, but taller people would have to crouch way down. The gate is comprised of a steel mesh.
Nothing about this place is cheery, but for me, the laundry room was one of the creepiest places in the prison owing to the fact that it's so industrialized with relic equipment. There's a real energy to this room - as there is in the whole prison - but this room just felt different to me.
The solitary confinement cells were the most dreadful in the entire prison, even surpassing the drop room. The cells, once the door is shut, are completely black with no light coming in. These cells must have really cooked in the summer and warmer months.
These weapons were on display in a glass case behind bars.