Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Getting to Know My City

I have some friends coming to visit me and my city, Philadelphia, for the first time next month. Now Philly is rich with historic sites and touristy things to do but like most people here I haven't done many of them since I was on a school trip in elementarty school, if ever. Here is a cool place I went to see last week.

Eastern State Penitentiary

This place opened in 1839 and housed some pretty famous criminals including Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton. The craziest story I heard that day is about a dog named Pep that was given a life sentence for killing the governor's wife's beloved cat. The cutest black lab but even in his mugshot (yep, he had a mugshot) he looked guilty as sin.

For more information on this totally cool but spooky place check out http://www.easternstate.org/

Who knew there was such an interesting spot right here in Philly!