1889 Squirrel Cage Jail
0
310 W. Jackson St.
Gallatin, MO 64640
Phone: 660-663-7342
Hours: Happily by appointment

Unusual "squirrel cage" jail, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also serves as a visitors' information center in Gallatin, MO.

The Daviess County Squirrel Cage Jail was completed in 1889. Its unique architectural design provided answers to concerns about prisoner security, worries about both prisoners breaking out and accomplices breaking in: rotary jails, where a round "squirrel cage" divides into jail cells and spins on a single axis inside a perimeter of stationary bars.

Eight rotary jails are known to have been constructed, all variations of the patented design by the Pauley Jail Building & Mfg. Company of St. Louis. Only three still stand today as visual markers of yesteryear.

Associated Listings
Results (0)
Associated Articles
Results(0)
    FOR TRAVELERS WITH DISABILITIES
    • Partially Wheelchair Accessible
    SMOKING POLICY
    • No Smoking
    SUITABLE FOR THESE AGE GROUPS
    • All ages
    ACTIVITIES ON-SITE OR WITHIN 10 MILES
    • fishing
    • boating
    PET POLICY
    • service animals welcome
    RATES
    • donations accepted
    GROUP POLICY
    • advance contact required
    TO AND FROM
    Enter Your Zip Code
    {0} REGION - KEY CITIES