NIGHT AT THE OLD CEDAR COUNTY JAIL
NEXT AVAILABLE DATE: OCTOBER 19, 2018
7:00 PM - 1:00 AM
$50 PER PERSON
Join American Hauntings for an eerie night at this historic Iowa jail, which remained in operation until 2001. The scene of pain, suffering, and escapes, the jail has seen more than its share of violence over the years, which has left its mark behind on the old stone walls. Join us and spend the late night hours looking for the spirits of this historic old jail with a limited number of guests during a private ghost hunt. Find out if the place is really as haunted as so many people claim and perhaps come face to face with one of the former occupants of the place! The evening will include a historic tour of the jail followed by a ghost hunt at this largely undiscovered spot where Iowa history lives on as a haunting!
The Old Cedar County Jail in Tipton is considered Iowa's last standing "mom and pop" jail. From 1894, the jail -- like others in the state -- were operated by the sheriff and his wife, who served as the matron supervisor and prepared the meals for the prisoners. Until 1977, the prisoners were basically seen three times a day (meal time) plus when prisoners were moved, released, or put to work on some task around the jail or the courthouse. In some cases, prisoners even served as babysitters for the jailer's children. In 1977, though, rules changes when jail standards were adopted by the Iowa Department of Corrections. The new rules required more frequent checks, as well as having the jailer and his wife on the premises at all time. At night, a deputy or a Tipton police officer was required to make checks. It was inadequate but served the minimum requirements of the law.
Needless to say, the law monitoring of the prisoners led to problems, including violent acts, assaults, and escapes -- like the one in which two prisoners used smuggled hacksaw blades to cut through the bars on the windows.
Did the violence of the past leave an impression behind at the old jail? Many believe that it has. Over the years since it's been closed, staff members of the non-profit preservation society -- along with guests and visitors -- claim to have encountered strange sounds, cold spots, moaning and crying, and footsteps in the cell block. Are you brave enough to experience the place for yourself?