Hundreds line up for tour of historic Tri-State prison

Hundreds line up to tour Ft. Madison prison (Photo courtesy of Ft. Madison Mayor Brad Randolph)

Hundreds of people turned out for a public tour of the historic Iowa State Penitentiary in Ft. Madison on Sunday.

It's been closed since Aug. 1, 2015.

This public event began at 9 a.m.

Anyone touring is being asked to bring a nonperishable item to be donated to the local food pantry.

Each tour will be guided by either a retired or current staff member who will be able to provide details regarding the operation of the 176-year-old facility.

The last tour will be offered beginning at 4:30 p.m., so it is recommended to be early.

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