We were in Anamosa to visit the National Motorcycle Museum. It was cold the night before and the museum didn't open until 9am. So in an effort to get warm that morning I drove around town just to have the heater running. I turned up a street and saw this wonderful building. I thought with all these cars parked around it that it might be a museum worth looking into.
I turned out to be the Iowa State Penitentiary!
It is 130 years old , houses 1100 inmates and is built of stone by the inmates it held at the time.
The entire facility is on the National Register of Historic Places.
And there is a museum there but unfortunately
we were there at the wrong time of the year and it was not open.
It really looked like a cold dismal place to be incarcerated in. I was able to see into these tall narrow windows three levels inside with long rows of bunks running off in the distance. Maybe the prisoners had more heat going for them than I did last night.
The brochure I picked up states "Nothing else like it in Iowa". Well I should hope not.