The Country’s Deadliest Prison Riot Took Place Right Here In New Mexico 40 Years Ago

Forty years ago, one of New Mexico’s bloodiest events in the past century took place within a mere 36 hours. Today, its legacy lingers.

Note: This tragic tale is not for the faint of heart and involves acts of violence that took the lives of several individuals. The following story presents the historical details, though they may be upsetting to some audiences.

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Do you remember seeing coverage of the riots when it took place?

Tours are sporadically given at the old state prison but they are few and far between. If you want to visit another abandoned location in New Mexico with a less bloody past, you can read and visit the ghost town, Cuervo. Read more in This Creepy Ghost Town In New Mexico Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of.

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