We Bet You Didn't Know That Indiana Was Home To One Of The Only Rotary Jails Left In North America
By Tori Jane|Published March 04, 2022
Tori Jane is a storm chaser, writer, photographer, and the village idiot - in that order. When she's not out and about dancing with the meanest storms on planet Earth for funsies she can be found wandering, shooting landscapes, writing, editing photos, and otherwise up to no good. Legend has it that she can also be occasionally spotted typing up short bios in the third person, but those rumors are unsubstantiated.
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, rotary jails used to be a thing. In fact, in 1882, the first one ever was built in Indiana – Crawfordsville, to be exact. Over the years, many more would be constructed, most of which were in the Midwest; nowadays, though, that number has dwindled to just three. All three are museums, and one of those museums is the same one originally built right here in the Hoosier State. It’s the only one that’s still operational, and you can tour it to this day. Of all the unique historic places in Indiana there are to check out, this one is one of the most uncommon, and we’re pretty proud that it’s ours.