Thursday, April 05, 2007

Right in My Backyard

Along with the traditional tourist destinations in Philadelphia, I took Kecia to see Eastern State Penitentiary. First of all, Eastern State makes Alcatraz look like Club Med. It was the first penitentiary in the United States and believed in the solitary penance of its prisoners.

Eastern State looks like a castle fortress from the outside. It is in the middle of the city, surrounded by modern buildings and roads. It was built in 1829 and remained in use until 1971. Its most famous prisoner was Al Capone.

If you are in Philadelphia and want a little change of pace from all of the Revolutionary War history, Eastern State Penitentiary will do a proper job of creeping you out.

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