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The first female prisoner was received in 1831. The first prison escape was in 1832. The escapee was captured but managed to do it again in 1837. The controversial practice of solitary confinement was officially abandoned at Eastern State Penitentiary in 1913. Leo Callahan, an escapee in 1923, remains the only Eastern State prisoner to never be recaptured. Inmate number C-2559 was Pep, “The Cat-Murdering Dog,” who served a life sentence. In January 1970, the Eastern State Penitentiary closed and first limited group tours of the building began in 1988. In 1994, visitors were required to wear hard hats and sign liability waivers. In 2003 and 2008, visitors were no longer required to wear hard hats and sign liability waivers, respectively. There are several ongoing Paranormal Investigations that take place within the penitentiary walls.
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- Self-guided audio tour
- Entry/Admission - Eastern State Penitentiary
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- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
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Felt the historical significance of this place with each step I love the self guided tour and learning about everything
Response from LPG_CS, Customer Service Representative. at Skip the Line: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Ticket
Responded 5 Feb 2020
Hello, thank you for taking the time to write your review! We are really happy to know you enjoyed a trip in which you were able to learn about the history of Eastern State Penitentiary. We hope you can repeat this experience in the future!
We had a great time visiting the penitentiary. We did the audio tour which was great. This is well worth the money and time.
Date of experience: January 2020
Response from LPG_CS, Customer Service Representative at Skip the Line: Eastern State Penitentiary Admission Ticket
Responded 5 Feb 2020
Hello, thank you so much for your review! We are very grateful you have chosen our pass and your investment was worth it. Go City wish you the best and hope you have an amazing day!
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- Eastern State Penitentiary
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