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#13659 No Waiting

These are the remains of a barber shop in one of the most notorious and haunted prisons in history, the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. This is a typical cell in the prison, narrow with stone walls covered in cement, a barrel roof with a single central skylight, and just pipes for a radiator. Over the years, the place was left to crumble as you can see. Today it is considered a stabilized ruin...if something is about to fall down, they fix it, otherwise it is left alone.<br />
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The reputation for being haunted is likely genuine. I didn't experience anything in particular as others have, but there's something peculiar that crawls under you skin when you enter and it doesn't leave for a week. I'll just say the place made quite an impression on me.<br />
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Originally a state prison that was started in 1826 and built far outside the then city limits of Philly, the city grew around it. Today it occupies four entire city blocks with 30 foot stone walls and guard towers on every corner. The state closed it in the 1980's and eventually it was abandoned for thirty years. Tall trees were growing throughout like a forest, even up through some cell skylights, and the homeless sheltered inside after finding ways to break into prison. It has always been a rough place.<br />
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The property was sold as-is to the city, straightened up, and turned into a very interesting and unique tourist destination that is highly recommended. It is open every day of the year but two, and is famous for the Halloween tours that run after dark. Be sure to see Al Capone's cell that has been restored, and also be sure you're out before they shut the doors. I was so involved with my shooting here that I was nearly left inside for the night! http://www.easternstate.org/