Squirrel Cage Jail, Daviess County Sheriff's Office Visit 4
Date: 21 July 2018 Type: Museum
Location Title: Squirrel Cage Jail, Daviess County Sheriff's Office Visit 4 City/State: Gallatin, MO
Investigation Times: 08:30 PM - 1:00 AM Status: Analysis
Sunrise: 06:08 AM Sunset: 08:40 PM
High Temperature: 89 °F Low Temperature: 62 °F
Sky Condition: Fair Wind: NNW at 3 mph
Humidity: 45% Precipitation: 0.00in
Lunar Phase: Waxing Gibbous % disk visible: 69%
Solar X-Rays: Normal Geomagnetic Field: Quiet
Pressure: 30.01 mmHg
Julie Klos Burch
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.
Lead Investigator - Lisa Sperry
Previous Investigations at this Location