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Old Joliet Prison, Joliet

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  • A must-stop when a route 66 ride. Saw jail only from the outside, but it's always worth if you have seen prison break.
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  • The place is abandoned. Literally. Even so I think it's worth the visit. It is possible to go by train from Chicago. $6.50 for stretch-Amtrak, or $8-Metra. A local resident told me that there is a retirement plan to turn it into a tourist attraction soon.
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  • My nephew worked here as a correctional officer. Upon his untimely death, the warden arranged an honor guard to be present at his services. Well over 100 of his fellow officers also attended. Thank yo...  more »
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  • Walk around the outside, check out all the details and wonder how anyone fit in some of the really narrow guard house doors! Be sure and go across the street and check out the old women's prison.
  • It is nice to have the historical markers there but I wish I could win the lottery to help fix up this place.
  • It did house john Wayne gacy when he first went to prison. I was there with him. It was either in late 79 or 1980. He was only there doing orientation like all prisoners. He was then transfered to death row somewhere else. I still remember when they moved him around they locked the entire prison down. We could see him moving across the yard through the windows on our tier. He always had 2 guards with shotguns on each side off him and I remember he was kinda fat smokin a cigar.
  • I was a inmate here 98/99 ......to see it in this condition is very sad, we need to preserve this prison for many reasons.... it would bring great Revenue to both the state of Illinois and Joliet but it would also service a reminder to those who haven't yet made a mistake in their life to see what a REAL prison looks like! If these walls could talk many could learn from what they had to say
  • Very cool place, but needs to offer tours. Even a tour with limited access would be awesome and attract a lot more tourist activity.