VISIT THE “OLD MAIN” NEW MEXICO PRISON – Scene of 1980 Prison RiotPosted: October 12, 2017
In 1980 there was a prison riot in Santa Fe, New Mexico that resulted in the deaths of 33 inmates and the destruction of the New Mexico State Penitentiary. Since then a new prison has been built next to the remains of “Old Main.”
The New Mexico Department of Corrections conducts tours of Old Main at the New Mexico Prison in Santa Fe. I took the tour in 2012. The tour took about two hours.
“Old Main” was virtually destroyed and 33 inmates were murdered.
Tours are conducted for part of the year. The goal is to raise money for a museum; however, nothing seems to have happened in the last five years.
If you want tickets for the Tour, click here; however, as of the date of posting this post, no tours are being offered. They may be offered again in 2018.
If you want to read about the 1980 prison riot, click here.
This is out of my comfort zone; but something we should be aware of.