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Lansing Correctional Facility
Lansing, Kansas

Kansas State Penitentiary, officially now named the Lansing Correctional Facility (LCF), was constructed during the period of 1863 to 1868, with delays due to the Civil War.

Front view of Kansas State Penitentiary as it appeared in early 1929.
Photo courtesy Jerry Collins.

Why it was located just to the south of Leavenworth is unknown, however, population centers were all on the east side of the state and the site is within sight of the State of Missouri, then a Confederate state. We can assume distance and efficiency factors, in addition to the proximity of troops at Fort Leavenworth in the event of trouble, had some impact on the decision.

This prison is the state's first maximum-security prison and currently houses over 2,000 inmates. At one time this was also the home of the state's women's prison. The medium-security prison in which the women were incarcerated is now a part of the Lansing Correctional Facility.

Kansas State Historical Society State Archives
6425 SW 6th Street
Topeka, KS 66615-1099

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