End summer with a bang in Jefferson City

Whether you're craving an outdoor concert or a fun test of your athleticism, Jefferson City has the perfect event to round out your summer experience. Summer is beginning to wind down, and it’s time to end it with a bang.

The Missouri State Penitentiary’s oldest building is open again

Overlooking the Missouri River in Jefferson City sits a looming landmark: the Missouri State Penitentiary (MSP). Decommissioned in 2004, the penitentiary operated for 168 years, cementing Jefferson City as the state capital in addition to creating its own dark yet intriguing history. 

April 23, 1967

On this date in Missouri history, James Earl Ray escapes from the Missouri State Penitentiary. He was doing 20 years for a robbery when he escaped in a bread truck.

March 8, 1836

The Missouri State Penitentiary gets its first prisoner. Wilson Edison made history as the first inmate to be checked into the new prison in Jefferson City. He had the place to himself for a week until inmate number two showed up.