“If you build it, he will come”
Thomson Prison…. For those who are not familiar the prison is on our far west end of our association along the Mississippi. Here are the stats:
- 2001 Built
- 2001-2012 sat empty
- 2012 Feds bought it
- 2015 started hiring
So for the locals this is like a present that you could never open or a gift card you never got to use before they closed (I hate that when that happens).
Here’s the latest:
The warden sent local communities a letter on May 24
stating the prison will go from 400 to 600 employees. The prison will be adding clinical staff as well. Since the letter Mt. Carroll has committed to a renovation housing program and Clinton is adding a subdivision.
According to the human development resource specialist of the prison the average employee commutes 30 miles to the prison. Mainly, Mt. Carroll, Fulton, Morrison, Sterling/Rock Falls, and Clinton. There are some that commute as far away as the Quad Cities because of the lack of amenities in the Thomson area such as housing, schools, daycare. It is a “hard to fill” prison.
So if you draw a 30 mile radius circle around Thomson the west goes as far as Delmar Iowa, north to Elizabeth, east to Polo and sound to Joslin, Erie, Prophetstown.
The hope is that the warden’s letter conveys to the communities is “Its Really Real”.
Trivia: What is the movie I am quoting and where is the movie site close to Thomson? First person that answers (correctly) will get a Dairy Queen gift card.