Thursday, March 31, 2005


One of the more offbeat tourist attractions in Philadelphia is the old abandoned Eastern State Penetentiary. It was a working prison in Philadelphia from 1829 until 1971.

You can take tours of the old prison which once housed Al Capone in a "luxury" cell. It was also the residence of notorious bank robber Willie Sutton.

Every October, nightly Halloween tours of the supposedly haunted prison are popular.

One of its most famous incidents occured 60 years ago this weekend when 12 prisoners tunnelled from a cell to outside the prison walls. They were all caught within a few days after a citywide dragnet.

Archeologists are digging around the courtyard searching for the old 1945 escape tunnel this week.The prison is celebrating this daring escape with a variety of activies including a historical reenactment.

That reminds me, I have to check on the rabbits...I think Baxter is starting a tunnel of her own.

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