The Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia

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  1. LaserT

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    The Eastern State Penitentiary, also known as ESP, is a former American prison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is found at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. The penitentiary refined the revolutionary system of separate incarceration first pioneered at the Walnut Street Jailwhich emphasized principles of reform rather than punishment.

    Notorious criminals such as Willie Sutton, William "Blackie" Zupkowski, and Al Capone were held inside its innovative wagon wheel design. At its completion, the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. It closed it's doors in 1971 after years of neglect and rising costs.


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    Where some prisoners escaped Shawshank style.

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    Al Capones cell as it was in 1929.

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    My wife always wants to go on the haunted tour around Halloween. I say HELL NO! There are too many "apparitions" running around there and I don't want to bring anything extra home with us.
     
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    how do you find this stuff? do you get an idea, like for this, i'm going to search for abandoned prisons? just asking because the only commonality is the "old"
     
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    I have been during halloween it was interesting.
     
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    the ceilings of the cells were very low.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    Had a book on the it a while ago and just thought of it when thinking of something to post. Then just searched around for a while for some good stuff.


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    I used to walk by that place every day when I was looking for an apartment in Philly back in the mid 90's.
    It's pretty creepy looking on the outside too.
     
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    Even by prison standards that place is a fucking dump.
     
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    LaserT You have to have fun.

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    You just put out a nice cot and some milk and cookies them, and they'll leave you alone. ;)
     
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    That was a favorite of richards. Theres always a massive line. Go out of season and take the regular tour. Its a lot better.
     
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    Why the hell was capone's cell so lavish? It's crazy how corrupt our systems have always been. And always will be.
     
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    The haunted house is awesome there, long, long lines though.Not too bad if you go during the week, but weekends are crazy, especially with the drunken young people.
     
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    It's like looking into hell with the flames turned off. Imagine the horrors in there.
     
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    Beth's NYC leaky apartment before she moved in with Howard.

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    :snicker:
     
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    Man I love those books! I wish I had a whole library full. They are expensive though.

    Edit: I just checked my local library has tons of them.:rolleyes:
     
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    Scary halloween tour. Guy touched my soon to be wife a little rough a few times and I told him I'd break his arm. Besides that, good time.
     
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    it's not a haunted tour. it's haunted prison that as actors scaring people .

    they have ones price when they just scare you and an other price where you wear a necklace and they will grab you like in this video



    and an other video

     
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    Of course you did. You fucking badass.:cheer2:
     
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    Do it!! :bug:
     
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