Pottawattamie County IA Jail

Construction of the jail was simultaneous with that of the county's new courthouse, which was finished in 1888.[2] It was designed by William H. Brown and Benjamin F. Haugh of Indianapolis, Indiana.[2] It was built at a cost of $30,000.[3] The building was one of 18 such jails that were built in the United States and the only one that was three stories tall.[3] The front part of the jail had offices for the jailer, kitchen, trustee cells and quarters for women. The rest of the building is made up of pie-shaped cells that revolved inside of a cage. The building was designed for maximum security with minimal contact between the prisoners and the jailers.[2] The building was used as a jail until 1969.[3] In 1971 the Council Bluffs Park Board acquired the building and in 1977 the county historical society took ownership of the building and maintains it as a museum..

Pottawattamie County IA Jail Contact Details

Address: 1400 Big Lake Road, Pottawattamie, IA
City: Council Bluffs
Zip: 51501
Phone 1: 712-890-2260
Phone 2: 712-890-2211
Type: County Jail

Mailing to Inmates and Staff

Inmate Visiting Days and Hours

Day of Week Hours
Monday 8:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 12:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Tuesday 8:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 12:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Wednesday 8:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 12:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Thursday 8:50 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. 12:50 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Friday 8:50 a.m. - 11:20 p.m.