Texas May 19, 2019
This Tour Of An Abandoned Texas Prison Is An Experience Unlike Any Other
Countless inmates have died behind bars here in Texas – in fact, we execute more people than any other state. That being said, it’s safe to assume there are plenty of vengeful spirits walking the halls of our prisons. This one-of-a-kind museum takes you into a former cell block, providing an unparalleled opportunity to learn all about the history of our justice system. Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Of the 115 prisons in Texas, Huntsville is home to six. That may not sound like too staggering of a statistic, but inmates nearly outnumber residents in this small city with just over 40,000 people.
One of the former units now operates as a museum, preserving the rich history of our state's justice system. Visit and you'll see everything from confiscated weapons to an original electric chair.
Various contraband ranges from knives and shivs to even more offbeat, gruesome items like mallets and a ball-and-chain. These sinister
objects provide shocking insight into the atrocities committed right inside these walls.
Taken straight from the Bonnie & Clyde death car, this very pistol was used by the infamous outlaws on their killing spree. Simply peering through the glass at such a destructive weapon is enough to evoke feelings of terror.
Artifacts from the Texas Prison Rodeo are also on display. Held from 1931-1986, this one-of-a-kind event was nationally-known as the "Wildest Show Behind Bars."
"Old Sparky" is by far the most famed attraction. This is the original electric chair used for executions from 1924-1964.
You'll also see how lethal injection has progressed over the years in terms of effectiveness and chemical used. Death is virtually painless nowadays, but it hasn't always been that way.
Address: 491 TX-75, Huntsville, TX, 77320. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, head to the museum’s
website or Facebook page.
Have you ever been to the Texas Prison Museum? What’s your favorite abandoned place to tour in the Lone Star State? Here are some of ours:
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