State Transfers Some Old Penitentiary Land to Jefferson City

Jul 12, 2017

Jefferson City officials are excited about the potential for 32 acres of land at the old Missouri State Penitentiary that the city now owns.

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Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday signed a law that transferred the land to the city, which is discussing ways to develop the area to attract tourists.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 128 of the site's 140 acres are undeveloped. With the land transfer, the state will still control 95 acres at the site.

Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin says the city plans to work with the state and the county to consider who to develop the land.

The penitentiary was a prison from 1836 to 2004, when prisoners were moved to the Jefferson City Correctional Center. Prison tours started in 2009.