Eastern State Penitentiary


Opened on October 23, 1829, Eastern State was a failed Quaker experiment in prison design in America.

At the time it opened, Eastern State was the largest building in the country.  Among its guests were Al Capone and Willie Sutton.

Prisoners were kept in complete isolation with no activities except for solitary Bible reading.  The prison closed in 1971 and is now open to visitors.

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