Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, Council Bluffs

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  • This one of a kind rotating jail, built in 1885, is an engineering feat. The volunteers are so knowledgeable and the tour was interesting, entertaining, and informative. I thought we would "run throug...  more »
  • Excellent tour guide, Doug, a volunteer. Unique, three story, rotating jail built in 1885 and closed in 1969. Impressive how they figured out to build that in the 1800s. Take the tour, read the articl...  more »
  • This 1885 3-story rotating jail remains today as a one-of-a-kind design, much like a lazy susan. The idea was to be able to see whose in the cells without having to walk the beat, reducing manpower co...  more »
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  • Best place for ghost hunting and sight seeing alike. Great staff great place! It's like my second home. I have investigated here multiple times and it never fails to get good evps.
  • Definitely spooky old-timey jail. Interesting exhibits and stories. Glad they decided to save it. Enough to put the fear in kids (and adults) that they would never want to end up in jail. The Preservation Society could use some support, financially and with volunteers I'm sure, but they do a great job with what they have.
  • This right here is a must see. This is a place you will never forget. You will find yourself talking about it to family and friends
  • Lot of history. Helpful folks working there. Kids thought it was kinda spooky.
  • Hauntingly interesting. A real piece of history. One of only a few circular jails were constructed. The entire facility can be toured. Located downtown. A must see attraction.

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