Places where criminals have been housed are creepily awesome. And Boise is fortunate enough to have one such spook-tastic place right near the city's center. The Old Idaho Penitentiary hosts events ranging from karaoke to paranormal investigations, and provides visitors with a chance to learn something new about old Boise.
Today from noon-1 p.m., you can learn all about the Old Pen's history with the brown bag lecture titled "Building a Prison: Old Idaho Pen from Territory to Statehood," presented by Amber Beierle. The lecture includes a short tour of some of the oldest buildings on the site and details about the inmates who helped build the prison, which opened in 1872.
The brown bag series takes place the second Tuesday of each month, with history experts speaking on a different topic at each installment. Regular admission rates apply: $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12 years and FREE for children younger than 6, Idaho State Historical Society members and Friends of the Historical Museum.