New from Arcadia Publishing and local authors Richard Snavely and Steve Wendl is Anamosa Penitentiary in the popular Images of America series, featuring over 200 vintage images.
In 1868, with Iowa fast outgrowing its only prison in Fort Madison, state lawmakers began thinking about building a new penitentiary. Several cities around the state vied for the prestige and economic benefits the new prison would provide. Anamosa, a rapidly growing town of 2,000 in east-central Iowa, was ultimately awarded the prize. From Wild West bad man Polk Wells and boy-murderer Wesley Elkins to heinous mass murderer John Wayne Gacy, many have passed through Anamosa’s iron gates and, with the quietly dedicated men and women who managed them, have contributed to the rich tapestry of Anamosa prison history.
A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book will support the Anamosa Penitentiary Museum.
*Join the authors for a book signing!
Saturday, April 17 at 2:00 p.m.
4000 E. 53rd St. Davenport, IA 52807
Highlights of Anamosa Penitentiary:
• Includes the construction of the penitentiary, built almost entirely by the inmates it housed, including the quarrying of local stone used
• Features the prison’s long history, even housing female offenders and Iowa’s criminally insane for over 80 years
• Explores the “White Palace of the West”
• Shows the unique architecture of the beautiful yet forbidding structure
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and on-line retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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