Historical Society of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

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Frequently Asked Questions

Booking an Overnight Investigation

How do I book a private investigation?

Look at the calendar for a date that is open. Email us at jailinvestigations@gmail.com to confirm a date. If the date is available you will be sent a confirmation email-at this point a deposit is due within 7 days.

How much does it cost to book an investigation?

Squirrel Cage Jail:
8 hour investigation base cost $210 for a group of 6. There is a $35 charge for each additional person
4 hour investigation base cost $140 for a group of 4 people. There is a $35 charge for each additional person.

How do I make a deposit?

You can either mail your deposit to:
PO Box 2
Council Bluffs

Or you can use the paypal button under the deposit heading to make your deposit. DO NOT make your deposit without a confirmation email.

What can't I bring?

No Ouija boards, no drugs, no alcohol. NO Cleansings, sÈances, satanic rituals, etc. A representative from the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County can remove you from the grounds if any of these rules are broken.
If there is something you are not sure of email us.

What areas of the building will we have acccess to?

You will have access to all but three archival areas. This can change due to the disgression of the HSPC Representative.

Is there heat?

Mostly! There is heat on the first and fourth floor. For winter investigations we do recommend wearing layers.

Is there air conditioning?

Again, mostly! The first and fourth floor are air conditioned. If you are investigating during August please bring extra water and wear light clothing.

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Paranormal Investigations

Squirrel Cage Jail

An eight hour (or full investigation) base cost is $210 covering a group of 6 people.
Each additional person is $35. The hours of an eight hour are 8pm until 4am.
A four hour investigation (or mini) base cost is $140 and covers the first 4 people. There is a $35 charge for each additional person. The hours of a mini investigation are 8pm to midnight.
Investigations usually take place on Friday or Saturday nights.
If other dates are needed arrangements can be made.

Contact Information

Email us at jailinvestigations@gmail.com to set up an investigation.
The calendar below is regularly updated so you can pick out dates. After confirmation of an investigation date please advise us of which deposit method you will be using.


A deposit is required for both types of investigations.
The deposit is required 7 days after confirmation of booking.
A deposit for a full is $155. A deposit for a mini is $75. The deposit can be paid either online or by sending a check to

HSPC PO Box 2 Council Bluffs, IA 51502
Do not make a deposit without confirmation of an investigation date.

Deposits are non-refundable.

Investigation Days/Lenghts

General Rules and Information

Smoking is NOT permitted inside the building. NO Drugs or Alcohol. Anyone found using drugs or alcohol will be immediately escorted from the premises and may face legal action. NO Séances or Ouija boards. Use of Ouija boards or conducting a séance, or trying to contact demonic energies will result in the immediate expulsion from the premises. Absolutely NO "cleansings" on the property – inside or out. Removal, damage or desecration of any Squirrel Cage Jail property will result in immediate expulsion from the premises and possible legal action.

A representative of the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County will be on site at all times.
No exceptions.