Eastern State Penitentiary on Halloween

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Well, I must say that this place was absolutely beautiful.  Last night I went to the ESP while they had turned it into a “haunted penitentiary”, so I went for the sake of having fun for Halloween. Another time I will go for the sake of admiring the beauty and history of the place. 

Opened in 1829, this pioneering prison was used to model many others being built after that time.  It closed down in 1971 and was thought that it should be turned into a shopping mall or condos.  ESP was fought for and it was decided that it should be kept as an historical structure instead.  This is one of the reasons why I didn’t mind going to the “Terror behind the walls” last night, because if they didn’t hold such a thing to raise money to keep the place up, it probably wouldn’t exist anymore. 

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~ by amegan_finds_art_in_philly on October 31, 2007.

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