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Published on Mar 19, 2011

From the outside it looks like a stately home. Inside it's quite different. Just 18 rotary cell jails were ever built. Most were promptly condemned as unsafe and cruel, but the biggest one lasted the longest, its three story 90,000 pound rotating cell block serving as the Pottawattamie County jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa from 1885 until 1969. It's a museum today, and a favorite of paranormal investigators. The graphic sketches in the video are of the rotary cell jail in Waxahachie, Texas and were drawn by author Mark Pannill.

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