Scenic USA - West Virginia
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|Photo by Amanda Haddox
Amanda Haddox Gallery
Once home to Charles Manson and Old Sparky, the Moundsville Penitentiary served the state of West Virginia for 124 years. Pictured here is the North Wagon Gate which housed some of the earliest prisoners, who also assisted in construction of the prison complex from 1866 to 1876. The original prison, looking like a castle, followed a Gothic Revival Style and was built on the edge of town. Moundsville soon surrounded the prison grounds, along with its 24 foot high sandstone walls.
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