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Boise in Ada County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Idaho State Penitentiary

Founded 1868

 
 
Idaho State Penitentiary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
1. Idaho State Penitentiary Marker
Inscription.
New addition built 1893
Prison Commissioners
William J. McConnell, Gov.
Jas. F. Curtis, Sec. of State
Geo.M. Parsons, Atty. Gen.
Jas. King, Arch’t.

 
Location. 43° 36.156′ N, 116° 9.762′ W. Marker is in Boise, Idaho, in Ada County. Marker can be reached from Old Penitentiary Road. Click for map. The marker is mounted on a wall at the entrance to the penitentiary cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2445 Old Penitentiary Road, Boise ID 83712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boise State University (approx. 1.6 miles away); Airmail Service (approx. 1.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 2.1 miles away); Sacajawea and Pomp (approx. 2.2 miles away); Beaver Dick's Ferry (approx. 4.8 miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 4.8 miles away); Diversion Dam (approx. 5.6 miles away); Arrowrock Dam (approx. 8.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Boise.
 
Also see . . .  Old Idaho Penitentiary. The Old Idaho Penitentiary was a functioning prison for 101 years. It was built in 1870, and the first prisoners arrived in 1872. (Submitted on February 23, 2013.) 
 
Warden's House - 1902 image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
2. Warden's House - 1902
Designed by architect John Tourtellotte, this building housed prison wardens until 1954.
Warden's House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
3. Warden's House
Dungeon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
4. Dungeon Marker
In the 1890s, a dungeon under this trapdoor served as a punishment cell.
Dungeon Entrance Door image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
5. Dungeon Entrance Door
Hospital Foundation image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
6. Hospital Foundation
Foundation of the prison hospital, which later served as a social services center. The building burned in the 1971 riot.
1950s Cell House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
7. 1950s Cell House
The largest cellblock in the compound, this building could house 320 inmates in four-man cells.
Cell House image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
8. Cell House
The rock pile seen on the left are the ruins of the hospital foundation.
Tombstone at the Penitentiary image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
9. Tombstone at the Penitentiary
Lester Moore
1851-1881
“Here lies the body of Lester Moore. Shot by a guard with a forty-four. Now there is No Les no more.”
Display of Confiscated Items image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
10. Display of Confiscated Items
Sign at Entrance to Penitentiary image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, June 27, 2009
11. Sign at Entrance to Penitentiary
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 546 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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