Built in 1885 and an innovation in jail cells for its time, this jail utilizes a “lazy susan” design, where the jail block is round and the cells form individual wedges like slices in a pie. With only one door leading in, the cells would be rotated by a hand crank to allow prisoners in and out of their cells. This jail is truly unique in that it is the only three story wheel jail ever built. Although the wheel mechanism no longer works, it is now a museum that you can visit to see the basic layout. It is alleged to be haunted by a former jailer, who remains on duty to this day.
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- 226 Pearl St
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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- 41.257784, -95.85190499999999
- Pottawattamie County, Iowa
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