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 ( ) 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,

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