Our Ghost Hunts at the Crown Point Jail may give you the fright of your life.
Crown Point Jail is one of the most haunted locations in the state of Indiana.
Activity includes apparitions, unexplained noises, voices, and footsteps, and lights turning on and off.
The small city of Crown Point, Indiana holds a history that is steeped in agriculture and horse racing.
You can trace the roots of this area back to October 31, 1834 when it was settled by Solon Robinson.
On South Main Street, sitting right next to the Hall of Justice, is a truly historic and haunted location.
It’s time for you to step inside and a spend a night locked down inside the infamous Crown Point Jail!
In 1882, Crown Point’s first permanent Sheriff’s House and Jail was erected on Main Street at a cost of $24,000. This structure replaced a previous wooden jail that sat next to a courthouse on Clark Street.
The Jail originally contained six cells for men, four cells for women, and corridors built from solid steel. As the population of lake County began to increase, a need was seen by many to build a larger structure.
In 1908, the old jail was replaced by a larger structure. In 1928, an addition was created which allowed the combined jail and Sheriff’s residence to serve all of the law enforcement needs for Lake County.
This new structure contained 150 jail cells, several maximum-security cells, a barber shop, food storage, kitchen, department offices, family living area, warden’s residence, garage, and heating/cooling systems.
At this time, the Crown Point Jail was considered to be escape-proof. On January 28, 1934, John Dillinger was transferred to the jail. On March 3, Dillinger escaped using a wooden (though some say real) gun.
In 1958, the Indiana State requirement for a sheriff to reside in the house adjoining the jail was revoked. From 1958 until 1974 the former house was used for a variety of departmental offices.
In 1974, a new structure was built to accommodate the sheriff’s offices. All offices were moved out of the Crown Point Jail complex. The jail closed and much of the space occupied by retail businesses.
The Crown Point Jail remained closed and abandoned until 1987. By 189 the location was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1990 the property was sold and plans for restoration began.
The Crown Point Jail is a historic building filled with the energies of those who worked, lived, and were incarcerated here. As you walk the hallways where John Dillinger once succeeded in his famous escape, what is it you might possibly encounter? Did Dillinger’s spirit return to the scene of his grand plan?
Perhaps you can communicate with the spirit that is known to rattle the bars of his cell. This may be your chance to find out who he is, why he remains, and whose attention he is eternally trying to grab.
Who likes to open and close doors and turn lights on and off? Are they prisoners of the past who roam the prison just as they did in life? Or are these staff going about their duties in death as they did in life?
Will you meet a former warden or sheriff? Or perhaps you’ll get a story from one of the often-seen apparitions. Many passed through this haunted jail. A number of them remain as spirits to this day.
Join us for a night at Crown Point Jail, and you will get a chance to spend the night in one of the most active old jails in the country. Come see what spirits you may see, hear, or feel…That is, if you dare.