Scrabbling Across The West Episode 28

June 3rd 2016. Day 28.

Recorded at the Twin Falls, ID, KOA.

Idaho is beautiful all the time.

Dave won both games of Scrabble last night.

At our campground we met a gentleman named Glen whose father was a guard at the old Idaho State Penitentiary.

We visit the old Idaho State Penitentiary, including death row.

The Warden's house.
The Warden’s house.
Dave wondering if he will ever get back out again.
Dave wondering if he will ever get back out again.

 

 

 

What remains of the dining hall.
What remains of the dining hall.

 

 

 

 

Prison courtyard.
Prison courtyard.
A cell block.
A cell block.

 

 

There were boys mixed in among the men.
There were boys mixed in among the men.

 

 

The outside of a cell.
The outside of a cell.

 

 

The exercise area.
The exercise area.

Some discussion of the death penalty, the history of the Idaho State Penitentiary and some of its residents.

Death row.
Death row.
The entrance to the gallows witness room.
The entrance to the gallows witness room.

 

 

 

The stairway down to the drop room.
The stairway down to the drop room.

Only one hanging took place in the new gallows chamber, and it was the last one in Idaho.
Only one hanging took place in the new gallows chamber, and it was the last one in Idaho.
Solitary confinement cells.
Solitary confinement cells.
The prison riots in 1971 and 1973 (over living conditions) destroyed much of the prison. On December 3rd, 1973 the prison was closed and prisoners were moved to the new Idaho State Correctional Institution.
The prison riots in 1971 and 1973 (over living conditions) destroyed much of the prison. On December 3rd, 1973 the prison was closed and prisoners were moved to the new Idaho State Correctional Institution.
The Penitentiary from above.
The Penitentiary from above.

 

We saw a small cross at the top of a hill as we were leaving the prison and decided to grab a couple bottles of water and go see it.

Looking up to the top of Table Rock.
Looking up to the top of Table Rock.

3000+ feet higher and an hour and a half later we discover that the cross is 60 feet tall.

Dave at the base of the 60 foot tall cross on top of Table Rock.
Dave at the base of the 60 foot tall cross on top of Table Rock.

What a great view from the top of Table Rock. We rate it at 5 tiles, the highest we have at the time.

Looking down on Boise from the trail up to Table Rock.
Looking down on Boise from the trail up to Table Rock.

Going back downhill was much faster.

The Twin Falls KOA is nice, they have an ice cream social every evening and we enjoyed that.

We discuss some of the houses we saw last night while we hiked along the Boise River.

Tomorrow is laundry day for Stephanie and general lazing around for Dave.

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