Ghosts of Kingston Penitentiary

I was searching for blog ideas when I remembered an old post of mine on Facebook. It was written after my last shift at Kingston Penitentiary, on September 28 of 2013. Thirteen years of walking through the front door, pictured above, of one of the world’s oldest continuously-operating prisons, are summed up in a few sentences.

Kingston Penitentiary was first opened in June 1, 1835 and closed on September 30, 2013. It is now a tourist attraction.

This is my original post:

Today I closed the door on 178 years of Canadian History. I’ve been part of the last thirteen of those. As I drove away from the walled fortress for the last time, ghosts appeared in my rear view mirror. No, not the spirits of the hordes who’ve perished behind the walls. These phantoms are memories. Memories of things I’ve witnessed and been part of. Incidents and characters too many to name. Some hilarious, others mundane, many terrifying and tragic, a large segment just plain bizarre. Enough ghosts for a lifetime . . . enough to fill countless novels. Good bye Kingston Penitentiary . . . it’s been quite a ride!

KPdome

Looking  upwards, inside the ‘dome’.

KPschool

The school and workshop area. Note the staircase, it’s made of limestone.

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markbierman

Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

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