Category: Prison
If you live in one area long enough you will eventually hear tales of the local paranormal activity and manifestations. Boise Idaho has its fair share of hauntings.
If you are ever in the area and would like to try your hand at supernatural investigating the following information may be helpful to you.
The Old Idaho State Penitentiary located at 2445 Old Penitentiary Road is a well-known local historical land mark and haunt. Tours of the prison grounds and buildings are offered daily, with the exception of certain holidays.
Originally built as a territorial prison in 1870, it consisted of a single cell-house. Over the years, in order to house the growing number of convicts it became necessary to expand. The prisoners constructed a great deal of the prison facilities themselves. Buildings were added and additions were made, including death row, a gallows and a solitary confinement area known as Siberia. The convicts also quarried the sandstone and built the high wall with guard towers that surrounds the prison facilities and grounds.
While in operation more than 13,000 convicts passed through the Old Idaho State Penitentiary. This includes the 215 women who were incarcerated there. Over the years prisoners rioted in protest to the sub-standard living conditions and over crowding. In 1973 the last riot took place, leaving in its wake over $100,000.00 in damages to buildings and grounds. The penitentiary was closed December 3, 1973.
The Old Idaho State Penitentiary is one of Boise's most proclaimed haunts. It is no wonder considering the violence, pain and oppression of those who were incarcerated and those who died there at the gallows.
Manifestations of ghostly activity are frequent, both in the buildings and on the surrounding grounds. The majority of people who visit the penitentiary will tell you there is a feeling of dread and oppressing sorrow that grows within them as they near the executioner's chambers.
Staff members and visitors alike have reported hearing footsteps echoing on the catwalks and stairs. Ghostly voices have often been heard. Many who tour the Old Idaho State Penitentiary have said they felt as though they were being touched, brushed against or pushed by something or someone, an unseen entity.
Most who enter the penitentiary say they have the feeling they are being watched. Maybe they are. It is not uncommon to hear reports of apparitions and shadowy figures being sighted.
Even if during your tour of the Old Idaho State Penitentiary you do not hear the ghostly voices and footsteps. Even if you do not see the haunting apparitions that others claim to have seen. I know from experience, that you will feel the energies of the past that is contained within the solid sandstone walls of the prison grounds, and you will know you are not alone.
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