The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West’s most desperate criminals. Today, visitors can experience over 100 years of Idaho’s unique prison history with a visit to Solitary Confinement, cell blocks, and the Gallows. Events and programs provide families, school groups, and visitors an opportunity to relive the Old Pen's exciting past of daring escapes, scandals, and executions.
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Idaho's Jack the Ripper: In 1954, A Maximum Security cell house, the Old Idaho Penitentiary, was constructed complete with a gallows room on the second floor. Raymond Allen Snowden was executed for the murder of Cora Dean, which occurred in Garden City on September 23, 1956. Snowden was nicked named "Idaho’s Jack the Ripper". Dean’s body was found with 30 stab wounds to it. The the coroner had determined that her throat had been slashed first then after that Snowden thrust the bla...
Silver City, Idaho Certainly one of the better ghost towns having enough still standing to give visitors a good idea of how it was in its heyday. Silver City even had a brewery and a bottling plant. Some of the mines produced ore well into the millions of dollars during their lifetime. Silver City started its decline about 1889 when the inevitable began to appear.
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