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The Haunted Jail

The Haunted Jail

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  • Date Posted: May 1, 2014
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  • Address: 611 East Market Street, Columbia City, IN 46725, USA


Located on the corner of Market and Washington Streets in Columbia City, IN one block east of Main on Market Street.


Originally this building served as the Whitley County Jail. It was built in 1875. In 1884, Charles Butler was hanged at the Whitley County Jail. Occasionally it happens that in hangings, the person’s neck is not snapped, but rather they slowly strangle to death. This was apparently the case with Charles Butler. His spirit is blamed for paranormal activities that have been reported here.

Currently this building is used as a commercial haunted house. It’s hard to miss this location as it definitely has the look of a "haunt".


Disembodied sounds and footsteps have been reported.


Nightwalker (2005). Legends of the Jail. Retrieved March 3, 2009 from

Shadowlord (1998). Shadowlands Haunted Places Index. Retrieved March 2, 2009 from

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  1. The officer that lived on the third floor of the haunted jail was scarred for life from the hanging of Charles butler. The hanging took place in the basement. If you were to go to the jail don’t ever say the name Charles butler!!!! It will go down!!!! I recommend walking through the jail at Halloween to see how cool they have stuff set up. My brother worked there and he has witnessed some stuff! They have not yet had a person able to stay they night in the house by themselves!

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