Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Capitol Punishment–Part 2

Boise, ID

My last post covered the Capitol, and this post will cover the Punishment. This is our final tour in Boise.

Old Idaho State Penitentiary

This site was a functional prison from 1872 to 1973. Very interesting and very depressing as all prisons are.







Notice what this young man’s crime was.


This was a self guided tour and we were disappointed to find out that the J. Curtis Earl Memorial Exhibit of Arms was closed because they did not have enough volunteers.


  1. Not my kind of place for a "vacation"... :cD

  2. We have toured a few jails and all have some very interesting stories about the past.
    Another glimpse of the past.

  3. Prisons are fascinating. Great deterrents too.

  4. The Arms part is the best thing at the prison. Bill saw more Tommy guns in one building than any other place he's visited.

  5. I can't remember if I've ever been inside one or not - as a tourist of course! I've been asked if I want to see Alcatraz, and the answer is a definite "NO!" I don't think I'd survive the boat ride out there.

    I think the story of Clarence Roush shows what is likely to happen when a very young person is incarcerated. I would prefer supervised community service if at all possible. Jail doesn't ever seem to have been much of a deterrent. (What do I know - I could be way off base on this.)

  6. That would be interesting for sure. I definitely wouldn't want to spend more time than a day tour but I would enjoy visiting this one.

  7. Oh crap, the bad luck.
    Just looking at the outside of this place gives me the willies. Why would any one ever think of committing a crime? I love the way you tied this post in with your Capitol...very clever.

  8. Rich and I visited the 1st Montana State Prison--prisoners have it too soft these days. Now I'all go read part I! LOL

  9. Our plan next summer is to start in Bend Oregon (the rig will be stored there during the winter)to travel to North Oregon ,Washington State and Idaho.
    Hope one day to meet you in person

  10. Actually, I think it makes sense that Clarence should be held accountable for damaging his cell. I wonder why they pardoned him.


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