Stories and Writings
An incredible amount of material has been written over the
one and one-quarter centuries of the Penitentiary's existence.
Some of the most interesting an entertaining stories were carried
in local newspapers, both city and prison. The microfilm archive
at the Anamosa library contains a wealth of information about the
Penitentiary. Several years of the Anamosa Prison Press are also
If you see text of a different color contained in the
stories below, click on it! It is a "hyperlink" that
will take you to photos or other material relevant to the story
you are reading!
- TIMELINE OF INTERESTING EVENTS.
- Anamosa's unique role in Iowa
- Anamosa's first 20 convicts.
Strange Case of Wesley Elkins.
- News account of construction
accident which killed 3 inmates.
- Another construction accident,
this one while building North House.
- Another North House construction
- Putting on the North House roof.
- Another youngster sentenced to
- The story of Gateman Gill and
- Account of a bloody escape
attempt in 1886.
- Account of a daring escape
attempt, by ruse rather than force.
- She just wanted some wheels!
- One of many written historical
summaries of ASP.
- A fascinating compilation of ASP
history, written by Anamosa historian Bertha Finn.
- The Great Fire of 1896.
- Nosy Williams fought the law, and
the law won.
- Account of female inmate's
- An account of the Warden's new
residence (upper floors of the administration building.
- Caroline Thomas obituary (1893).
- Crimes and Sentences.
- Employment Application and
Employee Rules, 1912.
- Quarry Escape, 1897
- Quarry Escape, 1898
- A funny thing happened on the way
- Tours: two bits
- Thomas Mollet, 32 years of
service to Iowa. Click HERE for a small photo
of Mr. Mollett.
- A Tour of the Prison: 1898
- The Making of Butter Tubs
- Sentenced to hang.
- Martin McCarty, 49 years as ASP
officer. Click HERE
for Mr. McCarty's obituary.
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