The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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4 9 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S murders and assaults, a fact that draws numerous paranormal groups to the site, such as the hit television show "Ghost Hunters." The prison housed many infamous inmates over the course of its history, including James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King Jr.; the Reno brothers, who committed the first train rob- bery in the United States; and Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, a famous bank robber during the Great Depression. The inmates were transferred to a new facility in 2004, and several years later, the old building reopened for tours, quickly becoming one of the state's top attractions. "Many of our history guides actually worked at the prison, so you really get a sense of what life was like for the inmates," said Katherine Reed, communications manager at the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Guests can partake in the two-hour history tour or the two-hour ghost tour, with each group limited to about 30 participants. Across the street, visitors can tour the Marmaduke House, which contains the penitentiary museum in the basement. Admission to the museum is included with the prison tour. Another must-see in town is the old-school Central Dairy ice cream Courtesy Visit Jefferson City Courtesy Visit Jefferson City Missouri State Capitol rotunda

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