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Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, which opened in 1829, inspired more than 300 prisons to copy its groundbreaking design of a wagon-wheel or radial floor plan. The jail, which housed such famous criminals as gangster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, is now open for tours year round.

Credit: Photo by K. Ciappa for Visit Philadelphia™

Tags: History, Museums & Attractions

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