Montana's First Territorial Prison was First In Western United States
"Gold was discovered near Deer Lodge in 1862.Subsequent discoveries in Bannack and Virginia City prompted a gold rush that attractedmen and women of both good and bad character. Thievery, lawlessness, and murder prevaileduntil vigilante groups organized and hung or banished many of the worst criminals. In thewinter of 1866-67, the Territorial Legislature requested funds for a prison. The UnitedStates Congress quickly approved the request, but the funding was inadequate."
Some say that Yuma Territorial Prison in Arizona wasthe first in the Western United States, it was built in 1876 and they received their firstprisoner July 1, 1876.
Consent to photograph, and prison information obtained from the Old Territorial Prison Museum, Deer Lodge, Montana.
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