A visit to neighborhood’s old prison

First Lincoln Press blog Podcast by Commuter Voice

Even though the old prison in Los Angeles Lincoln Heights have been closed from its normal operation since the mid 1960s, the prison itself still holds a life of its own.

Despite the rumors and beliefs that has been spread over the internet or from word of mouth about the supernatural happenings in the old prison, I must admit the place still holds a grim appearance from the outside.

Stepping on and looking around the premise of the the old prison, the building stares back at me with harsh silence, hushing its crude history behind its now slowly decaying and discolored walls, rusted window bars, and punched out glass from its windows.

The only sound from the area comes from the nearby tracks as heavy trains with products pass by the prison.

However, it is not to say that there hasn’t been any recent sign of life near the old prison. To my surprise, there is a painted portrait of the Virgin of Guadalpe on the wall. Now I’m not sure what the symbol may intentionally mean, but I’m sure it may have something to do with creating peace in humanity, both past, present, and the future at the place. And since the symbol is a religious one, it may mean, spiritually speaking, that it has the desire to ease the disturbed, restless souls that supposedly roam and haunts the place.

Now I’m not a ghost hunter or have any plans to become one any time soon, but it’s kinda hard to ignore the myths or stories I’ve heard spread on the internet about the strange happenings inside the place. One solid evidence of proof showing paranormal activities inside the place comes from the recent cable television show on Cartoon Network “The Outsiders.”

Now this is a tv show that involves a team of five teenagers who goes to assigned locations to explore and collect field data to determine whether a specific location is really haunted. On one of its episode, the teenage team visited the Lincoln Heights prison to examine and determine whether the location is haunted.

Before I continue, I’m must inform my listener that I’m going to spoil the tv episode to you by giving you the final results of what they found. So if you don’t want me to spoil it, I would suggest you stop listening (0r stop reading this) segment of this recording (or blog section). But if you don’t mind or care about it, let’s continue.

Based on their collected evidence, they determined the prison is indeed haunted.

However, you may be wondering to yourself, why should I believe a group of teenagers on a tv show that is probably targeted to a general audience in the age group ranging from young teenagers to adults in their twenty or perhaps early thirties.

But I guess the point of the show is not to turn someone into an automatic believer of the supernaturals. But I think the show, like many shows on television, is to provide entertainment that either expands further or merely imitates the experience of our daily life.

Now returning back to my recent visit at the old prison, I was surprised on how much the front of the place has changed. Of the little respect some people have of others’ property, the entrance of the place is scarred with numerous graffiti on the walls. The front entrance – now boarded over with a large piece of wood – suggests that the property owner wants to prevent any further break ins from potential vandals.

I spoke to a staff member who works in the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, a local theatre company group, that currently holds a physical space in the wing of the old prison. She told me that the company plans to leave their current location by the end of this year. However, there was no word behind the reason of their decision, where the company will go, and who will take their place after their departure.

As far as I know, the old prison will probably continue to sit on its current location for many years to come. As those years linger by, the place will serve itself as a reminder to those who pass by with a message that says how easily humanity can slip from our finger tips when we allow ourselves to forget that we are all temporary creatures on this earth.

Until next time, this is the Commuter Voice, and you’ve been listening (reading) the Lincoln Press blog podcast (podcast transcript).

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Music used in podcast is by Kevin MacLeod “Time Passes” at http://www.incompetech.com

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2 thoughts on “A visit to neighborhood’s old prison”

  1. Wait, so you didn’t go inside? Is a special permit required for that? Still, the prison looks like a real creepy place, and I’m surprised those hacks from Ghost Hunters haven’t investigated yet (they probably have).

    1. @ Sal Yep, I wrote about my experience in walking about the place. I couldn’t go inside the building since it’s already abandoned and it’s off limits to the public. There is a show, “The Outsiders” on Cartoon Network that shows the inside of the place using teenagers looking for ghosts. You can see the full show online at cartoonnetwork.com if you’re interested.
      I hope someday the city of LA will eventually turn this place into a museum, like they did with Alcatraz at San Francisco.

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