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Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt
Squirrel Cage Jail
Council Bluffs, IA
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Ghost Hunts Ticket $149.00 ($157.44 w/service fee)



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Ghost Hunts Ticket $149.00 ($157.44 w/service fee)



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Squirrel Cage Jail Ghost Hunt
Are you ready to explore a unique piece of history and find out who may still dwell within the confines of this unusual lockup? Join us as we investigate the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa. As featured on Travel Channel Ghost Adventures

Welcome to the home of Jake Bird the Evil Serial Killer who took the lives of 44 Victims

Rumors to this day still linger about the Jake Bird Hex

Constructed in 1885 and in operation as a jail until 1969, the Squirrel Cage Jail offers guests a chance to experience what life may have been like doing time (or working in) a human-rotary style jail. One of only three such jails of still in existence, this strange building design surely holds secrets from the past.

Not surprisingly, there are a number of reports of paranormal activity within the structure, some dating back to when the jail was still in operation. It is said a jailer from the 1950s named Bill Foster refused to use the fourth floor as his living quarters because of strange goings-on up there, which including footsteps when no one was up there and odd sensations when he went upstairs to investigate.

One former tour guide has claimed to have seen the spirit of J.M. Carter, the gentleman who supervised the buildings construction in 1885. He was reportedly the first resident of the fourth floor living quarters. Perhaps he has stuck around to keep an eye on things to this day.

Others have recounted seeing a full-bodied apparition, also on the top floor, who they believe may be another former jailer named Otto Gufath. Still another person stated she saw the ghost of what appeared to be a sad little girl dressed in gray, sitting inside a cell which was completely inaccessible at the time.

Over the years, visitors and employees alike have described a number of possible paranormal happenings, including feeling like they are being watched, having their clothes tugged on, hearing disembodied voices, doors opening and closing by themselves, seeing strange lights and hearing odd, unexplainable noises.

Spend some time with us and see if you can discover which spirits may still be lingering here, trying to communicate with the living  and what they might have to say about the conditions they endured at the Squirrel Cage Jail.

Location History:

In Council Bluffs, Iowa there stands a stately brick building erected in the late 1800s which houses a most remarkable lockup known as the Squirrel Cage Jail. One of only 18 of its kind built, this human rotary jail is now only one of three still in existence, and the only one that stands three stories tall.

Constructed in 1885 under the supervision of J. M. Carter, the jail features 10 pie-shaped cells on each level, and each cell was meant to house between two  and some say up to six  prisoners at a time. This bizarre design was the brainchild of Indianapolis natives William H. Brown and Benjamin F. Haugh, and the intention was to provide maximum security with minimum jailer attention,  thus cutting down on the number of personnel needed to run the prison.

The jailers office, kitchen, trustee cells and womens quarters were located in the front of the building on the first floor and living quarters for the jailer were on the fourth floor. The three levles of cells are placed on a central carousel or drum which was turned using a hand crank. The bars (or cage) are stationary and have only one opening on each floor. The cells were rotated using the hand crank until each one would line up with the cage opening so that prisoners could be accessed, but only one cell at a time.

Over time, the rotating carousel housing the cells became more difficult to turn and often became stuck, making it nearly impossible to get food or medical assistance to prisoners if needed. Inmates often suffered broken arms and legs when they would mistakenly (or deliberately) stick their limbs through the individual cell bars while the drum was being spun.

However, there are only four recorded deaths on the property during its more than 80-year run as a prison. One inmate died from and apparent heart attack. Another was found hanged in his cell. A third prisoner reportedly died when he fell three stories after trying to climb up the cage to carve his name in the ceiling. The fourth death was rumored to be that of an officer of the local police department who accidently shot himself during the confusion of the Farmers Holiday Association Strike in 1932 when 84 protesters were arrested and jailed.

The Squirrel Cage Jail was in operation until 1969, when it was deemed unfit for human habitation. In 1971, after the prison was shut down and its remaining prisoners moved to other facilities, it was obtained by the Council Bluffs Park Board. They were successful in getting the structure listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County  who owns and operates the building today  headed the endeavor to protect the jail in 1977, and it is now a museum which offers a glimpse into the unique cultural and architectural history of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Whats Included?

Your ghost hunt at Squirrel Cage Jail includes the following:

Access to the most haunted areas of this prison,
Smaller Group Sizes,
45 Minute History tour,
Psychic Medium Vigil* (if psychic present),
Group Vigils With Experienced Investigators,
Lone Vigils,
Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Readers,
Free time to explore this location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
Unlimited Refreshments, Including Coffee, Bottled Water and Soda,
Selection of snacks.

Location

Squirrel Cage Jail (View)
226 Pearl St
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
United States


Categories

Education > Tours
Other > Paranormal
Other > Spiritual
Social > Adult

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No

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