Saturday, April 2, 2011
We only had a park tour guide from the boat up to the door of the main prison. The rest of the tour was narrated by audio sets, they even had voices of some of the prisoners that were there!! The dreary weather made you feel like you were taken back to when the prison was actually in operation, it was kind of awe-inspiring actually!! Below are our inmate tour narrators and what they were in for: (clockwise from top left) Leon "Whitey" Thompson ~ Weapons, John Banner ~ Bank Robbery, James Quillen ~ Kidnapping, Darwin Coon ~ Bank Robbery.
"The Hole" better known as Isolation/D Block
was quite interesting. They are similar to the normal cells but just a bed, toilet, and sink. There are no shelves on the wall or a writing shelf. In front of the row of cells is a gap, big enough for you to walk in and turn around, then there is like a very thick concrete wall further out from the cell with a door that closes and makes it completely dark in the cell!! Of course I was walking in to take a look around!! :) Brandon decided he would just stand out in the room and take pictures. ;)
This picture gives you an idea of what the prison halls look like. I, myself, have never been in a prison besides this one, so it was really neat to be on the outside looking in!! :)
This is the hallway between cell rows B and C where the men (of which none were ever found) who dug holes out in their cells went to. Once in this hallway they climbed up and out of the prison (in a shorter story).