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Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum

Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Interesting Oddity

A step back to a time and place where prisoners took their weekly cold-water shower with their... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
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Interesting Jail

I had never heard of a squirrel cage jail until today. What is housed inside of this building is... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
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226 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0825
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

This stately old mansion is located in the heart of Old Council Bluffs that has completely changed since I was last here 45 years ago but worth Stopping and taking a tour .......

1  Thank Ocalakid55
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

amazing stop by. I never saw a jail like that it was so cool. glad I stop by after the visit to the union pacific museum which is next door. friendly staff. $6 admission. going to come back for over night ghosts hunt should be...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

We love jails and history, so this was a win for us. The "squirrel cage" design is so unique and the four story type you won't find anywhere else. The cost for a tour is $7 ($6 for AAA members) and really worth it. It...More

2  Thank gabi_kansas
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

A step back to a time and place where prisoners took their weekly cold-water shower with their clothes on so it would double as laundry day. This place is a bit gruesome and bleak, but surely interesting and unusual. Check it out, if you're in...More

1  Thank JackInBrooklyn
Reviewed 19 June 2018

The tour guide is very helpful and knowledgeable. They have a lot of interesting stories to tell you about the inmates and how they would try to injure themselves in order to get out of the jail just to go to the hospital.

1  Thank deniceharris2
Reviewed 5 May 2018

we were looking for a short day trip around Omaha and we ran across this historic jail it was very usual and creepy,looks like something out of a horror movie,it didnt take long to view and the tour guide was very informative,the jail was round...More

1  Thank kimk3456
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

I have seen another jail like this in Indiana. Fascinating! So I wanted to see this one on my loop through Iowa. It was supposed to be open.(Right day-Right time)but it was closed. It was on my “must see” list too.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail and Museum, and the UP Museum made our visit to Council Bluffs much more fun than if we just stayed in the Mid-America convention center all day. What an amazing gem of American history. Now I have to visit the...More

Thank David D
Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

I was amazed to see such innovative engineering for a jail built in the 1800s. The inmates were jailed here under deplorable conditions, and surprise, they didn’t close it until the 1970s. What an interesting artifact of history. Unbelievable!

Thank Bilsano
Reviewed 25 March 2018

I had never heard of a squirrel cage jail until today. What is housed inside of this building is interesting, to say the least. We were on a guided tour, but our guide didn't seem to know many of the answers to our questions. Since...More

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From their website Squirrel Cage" Rotary Cell Jail Museum 226 Pearl Street Council Bluffs, Iowa Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11-4 No appointment necessary. For groups larger than 15 phone/e-mail in... More
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