What Happened In This Missouri Prison Will Disturb You To The Core

Missouri State Penitentiary, also known as “The Walls”, was in operation from 1836 to 2004 and is located in Jefferson City. Before its closing, it was the oldest continually operating penitentiary west of the Mississippi River. In 1967, Time Magazine named it the “bloodiest 47 acres in America”, and it was Missouri’s primary maximum security facility. Today, the Jefferson City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau opens the prison seasonally for public tours given by former corrections officers, guards, and wardens who worked within its walls. Could you survive Missouri State Penitentiary tours? Find out about one of the most haunted places in Missouri … if you dare:

And, finally, here’s a short video to further illustrate the history of this terrifying relic from the past and to take virtual Missouri State Penitentiary tours :

 

Have you ever taken the Missouri State Penitentiary tours? What was it like, and what did you experience? Tell us your tales in the comments – we love hearing from you. For more haunted Missouri, take a look at this creepy, haunted road trip in MO.

Address: Missouri State Penitentiary, 115 Lafayette St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

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What are some real haunted places in Missouri?  

Of course! In fact, Missouri just so happens to be a great place for folks that are curious about the paranormal. A long history almost certainly bodes well for paranormal enthusiasts. For example, the old Missouri State Penitentiary is more than 175 years old and, with a long, dark, and violent history, it’s said to be absolutely crawling with ghosts. There have been more than 100 investigations into the haunting here, and nowadays you can get a tour of the place without having to trespass. Of course, no list of Missouri hauntings would be complete without a mention of the Lemp Mansion, in St. Louis. Not only is it considered to be among the most haunted places in the state – it’s considered to be one of the most haunted places in the entire country. There’s also the old governor’s mansion in Jefferson City and the old Vaile mansion in Independence. Feeling brave? You might be interested in this haunted Missouri road trip we’ve put together!  

Are there any local ghost stories in Missouri?  

Missouri, like most places, has its fair share of local legends and lore. For example, the aforementioned Vaile mansion is filled to the brim with stories and legends; it’s said that the property is haunted to this day by the spirit of Sylvia Vaile, who died before her distraught husband – who had her buried on the front lawn in glass-topped coffin flush with the ground, so he could still see her even though her body was bound to deteriorate. It’s said that she still walks the grounds, and around the house. There are also several hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts that are the subjects of plenty of local lore, like the Morse Mill Hotel in Dittmer, for instance. Supposedly, American serial killer Bertha Gifford killed her first victim here, and the dungeon somewhere in the hotel is haunted by a former slave. Yikes.  

Address: Missouri State Penitentiary, 115 Lafayette St, Jefferson City, MO 65101, USA

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