*Opened in 1836 *Housed 4900 inmates at its peak, *One of the largest prisons in the U.S.
Walk the Same Halls as Infamous Inmates
*Sonny Liston: Learned to box at MSP and went on to become Heavyweight Champion*James Earl Ray: Escaped from MSP before assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr.
100 Years Older than Alcatraz
*Received its first inmate in 1836; the same year, month and day that the Battle of the Alamo was fought*Oldest continually operating prison west of the Mississippi River*Served Missouri for 168 years; from 1836-2004
Home of the Gas Chamber
*40 inmates put to death in the gas chamber between 1937-1989*Bonnie Heady only woman to be executed in the gas chamber in a double execution alongside Carl Hall for the Greenlease killing*Last execution at MSP carried out in 1989. Tiny Mercer put to death in Gas Chamber by lethal injection Book Your Tour of the Missouri State Penitentiary