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Tours of former Mo. State Penitentiary up in 2012

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Officials says more than 19,000 people toured the former Missouri State Penitentiary during the past year, an increase of nearly 2,000 people from 2011.

The Jefferson City News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/Z9p4px ) that the total number to tour the former prison has passed 50,000 people. The Missouri State Penitentiary closed in 2004 and tours started in 2011. It is located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River and is a few blocks from the state Capitol.

This spring, the Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau plans to open a museum focused on the prison at its offices in the capital city's downtown.

Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune, http://www.newstribune.com

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