Allegheny County Workhouse

The Allegheny County Workhouse was a prison that was located adjacent to the town of Blawnox, Pennsylvania. Its full name was "Allegheny County Workhouse and Inebriate Asylum". The first inmates were received in 1869, and the facility closed in 1971.

The prison housed mostly inmates convicted of minor offenses. Many of those prisoners maintained a farm of about 1100 acres (445 ha), which contained apple orchards as well as many other crops and many different types of farm animals.[1]


  1. ^ "Pennsylvania State Archives - MG-197 - Allegheny County Workhouse Records". Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission ( Retrieved 2014-01-21.