• The Bloodiest 47 Acres in America
    *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