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Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, PA

Eastern State Penitentiary is one of the most famous prisons in the world. Opened in 1829 and closed in 1971. The building itself was an architectural wonder; it had running water and central heat and attracted visitors from around the world.

We did the audio tour which offered a glimpse into historic cell blocks, Al Capone’s cell and heard stories of inmate escapes.

For more information on the prison, click HERE.

Located at: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Al Capone's Cell:

Notorious criminal Al “Scarface” Capone served seven months of his sentence in this cell. Capone was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as a crime boss ended when he went to prison at the age of 33.

He was arrested outside a movie theatre in Philadelphia while traveling from Atlantic City to his home in Chicago in May 1929 for carrying a concealed unlicensed .38 caliber revolver.  

On January 25, 1947, Capone died of cardiac arrest after a stroke.

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