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“Great, unique piece of history!!”

Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum
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Fairfax, Virginia
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218 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Great, unique piece of history!!”
Reviewed March 6, 2013

If you're in Council Bluffs, you need to stop at this jail!! One of a kind "rotating" jail that you can walk through and has been basically untouched since it was shut down in the 1960's. Graffiti on the walls, ceiling, tables, and jail cells from years of inmates is all intact!
Go see this unique historical jail!

Visited October 2012
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Iowa
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Squirrel Cage Jail”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

When you can catch them open, it is pretty interesting how they used to jail the prisoners and the round cage is pretty cool.

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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Great history lesson”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Not restored, but it shows the REALLY existence of the prisoners and staff of the jail from the first half of the 20th century. The area around the jail is great fun- near the UP museum

Visited October 2012
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“kool”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

interesting, watch out for ghosts, narrow walkways, fun circular shape,,, am hoping i have 100 characters so this site will take this review!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“A surprise piece of history”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We had a great visit to this really interesting former jail. The guides were friendly and answered all of our questions. Its kind of spooky to walk around the place and go into the cells but it is such a unique place that I highly recommend it. We could hardly believe that one jailer could manage the whole place and even more astounding was the fact that he lived on site and didn't leave for years.

Visited October 2012
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