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Alton Illinois State Penitentiary - Alton, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 38° 53.479 W 090° 11.373
15S E 743754 N 4308471
Quick Description: Ruins of the first state penitentiary in Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 9/26/2006 8:38:30 PM
Waymark Code: WMRH6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member deano1943
Views: 116

Long Description:

HyperLinkConstructed in 1830-31 the Illinois State Penitentiary in Alton was persistently criticized for its unsanitary conditions by Dorothea Dix, a pioneer in prison reform. The prison was closed in 1860 when the last prisoners were transferred to the new state penitentiary in Joliet. With the advent of the Civil War, the prison was reopened as the Alton Federal Military Prison. The prison was used to incarcerate Confederate prisoners with the first prisoners to arrive February 9, 1862. Over the next three years over 11,764 Confederate prisoners would enter the prison. The conditions at the prison were harsh and deaths averaged six to ten a day. The prison was again closed July 7, 1865. Currently only one short stone wall of the prison remain on site.

Broadway and Williams Streets
Alton, Illinois

Open to the public: Yes

Hours: Not listed

Fees?: Not listed

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