Missouri State Penitentiary
Housing Unit 1
B and C Hall
View inside one of the halls
Aerial view of the entire site. The building under construction, now complete, is the new federal courthouse.
The Warden's House
Postcard showing the cellblocks in "E-Hall" at the Missouri State Penitentiary. Postcard mailed in 1954. Image courtesy of the Missouri State Museum's collection.
Inmates & Missouri Highway Patrol officers after the bloody riot at MSP in 1954. Notice the burned out building in the background. Image courtesy Mo. State Museum.
Backstory and Context
As a result of the numerous murders that took place in the prison, Time Magazine dubbed it "bloodiest 47 acres" in the country. Riots occurred as well. The most notable one began early in the morning on September 22, 1954 and lasted a full 24 hours or so before authorities, and the National Guard were able to fully subdue the inmates.