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This Out Of Place Building In Missouri Holds A Very Dark Past

Renz Penitentiary in Jefferson City was devastated by floods in 1993 and has been abandoned ever since. The prison, which opened in 1926, was a high-security women’s “farm” prison holding more than five-hundred inmates. The inmates were forced to work in the surrounding fields growing produce and raising chickens while incarcerated. It is rumored to now be a training ground for SWAT forces.

It has been said that there are often guards present, and the building is unstable, so exploring this building is not without risk. Luckily, BackyardExploration did it for us.

Have you heard of this place? Passed by and wondered what it was? What do you think of the remains? Share in the comments below.

Stephanie Butler
A native Midwesterner with a love for family, friends, and learning new things. In second-stage of career life, this former college instructor enjoys contributing to OIYS, blogging, reading, and spending time with her kids.