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OHIO STATE REFORMATORY, MANSFIELD

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Ohio State Reformatory

History:  Built in 1834, the Ohio Penitentiary was actually the second Ohio Penitentiary, the third state prison, and the fourth jail in early Columbus.  In April, 1955 it housed an all-time high of 5,235 prisoners.  Most prisoners were removed from the prison by 1972 with the completion of the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility, and the facility was closed in 1984.  The state sold the Ohio Penitentiary to the City of Columbus in 1995.

Today, the prison remains a major tourist attraction.  People come from all over to explore the historical facility, made famous by its appearance in several major motion pictures, including Air Force One, Tango and Cash, and The Shawshank Redemption.  Guided tours are given regularly during warmer seasons, including ghost hunts for those interested.  Check out the Ohio State Reformatory home page for more information.

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