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Squirrel Cage Jail - Daviess County Sheriff's Office

Location Information

Date:15th June, 2016     Type:Business

Location Title:Squirrel Cage Jail - Daviess County Sheriff's Office     City/State:Gallatin, MO

Investigation Times:08:00 PM - 11:00 PM     Status:Analysis


Weather Information

Sunrise:05:45 AM   Sunset:08:44 PM

High Temperature:100 °F   Low Temperature:72 °F

Sky Condition:Clear   Wind:SW at 4 mph

Humidity:91%   Precipitation:0%

Lunar Phase:Waxing Gibbous   % disk visible:80%

Solar X-Rays:Active   Geomagnetic Field:Quiet

Pressure:29.76 mmHg  


Investigators Present

Becky Ray

Lisa Sperry

Jennifer Sprague


Location History


The Squirrel Cage Jail is located a couple blocks just west of the courthouse in Gallatin, MO. It was built in 1889. It is one of the three remaining rotating jails in the United States. One is located in Council Bluffs, Iowa and the other in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Upon entering the jail, you will find the Sheriff's living quarters. This is the only jail to have the Sheriff's living quarters attached. The first part of the jail that can be entered is the jail kitchen. The Sheriff's wife would cook for the inmates, as well as her family. The original hand crank is still in place, as well as the "grub hole" which is where the inmates' food was put through. The inside of the jail is very unique. The door still opens to let the prisoners in and out of, however, it does not turn anymore. One side of the jail is still intact with the bars still up and the other side is open to where you can see and go into the actual jail cells. The walls are covered with graffiti from past inmates.
A donation to the Jail is greatly appreciated!!!
For a tour of the jail please contact Trudi Burton @660-663-7342.


Investigators Notes


Becky Ray: This was our first investigation at this location after visiting for a day tour. We had some activity almost immediately. Lisa and I heard a male voice responding to Jennifer. The funny part was it only responded to Jennifer. I never could make out what it was saying, but Lisa thought she heard something to the effect of "I wonder what they are doing here."
We seemed to have the most activity on the staircase. We're still going over audio and video from the night.


Jennifer Sprague: This investigation was, for the most part, quiet for me. There were a couple of occurrences where I thought I heard a disembodied voice coming from downstairs, but could not determine without a doubt what was not something explanatory. I do look forward to going back and investigating again. Many thanks to Trudi for her hospitality and generosity.


Lisa Sperry: Very quiet evening. I did hear a man's voice say "what are they doing here" in front of the door in the downstairs entryway. I cannot be sure that it wasn't coming from outside.

No EVPS for this Investigation at this time
No VIDEOS for this Investigation at this time
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