Event Start Time: 8:30pm
Event Finish Time: 6:00am
Welcome to one of the most haunted locations in Cripple Creek!
Investigated by Ghost Adventures
Are you brave enough to sleep here? Limited Guest Numbers per date!
Once known as the original Teller County Jail, The Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum is a place that will leave you chilled to the bone. From the cellar where bodies were stored during cold winter months, waiting for the spring thaw to be buried, to the Matron’s quarters to solitary confinement, this building is filled with ghastly stories and ghostly hauntings. Previous investigations in this two-story cellblock have reported everything from seeing apparitions and shadow figures to hearing footsteps and heavy breathing. Some have claimed to see a small child; others report a presence moving along the staircase to the second level.
Are you ready to face the spirits who met their demise here? Perhaps the inmate who fell from the second story catwalk and died hours later? Maybe the little girl who was visiting her parent when she died is still searching for someone? Is it possible that the jailers are still making their rounds and trying to keep order?
The question is, do you have the courage to sit in vigil in any number of haunted areas alone? What will you do if the main cell block door suddenly closes or you hear footsteps coming in your direction – but you see no one, except a dark shadow?
Join us and investigate this building dating back to the Gold Rush era and see if you can communicate with someone from the past – outlaw or lawman – or maybe even someone else…
Cripple Creek, Colorado became a boomtown in the late 1800s due to the Gold Rush. In ten short years the population exploded from 15 people to more than 50,000, which resulted in plenty of trouble for the lawmen to contain. From burglars to drunks to murderers, the local jail was a busy place. For 91 years, this building was the county lock-up, and in many instances, it housed up to 100 prisoners at a time – in just 14 cells.
Opened originally as the Teller County Jail in 1901, this facility remained a working jail until 1992. At the time of its opening, the jail was considered state-of-the-art, boasting a two-story cellblock consisting of 14 cells, each measuring 6.5 feet by 9 feet. Amazingly, while each small cell contained up to six inmates at a time, they all had to share one chamber pot. The lockup housed both male and female inmates – the women were afforded use of the one toilet and bathtub located next to the second floor of the cellblock. Despite what seems like horrendous living conditions when compared to today, the local papers at the time claimed the jail to be “one of the most sanitary facilities” in the area.
However, the Teller County jail was eventually investigated by the ACLU which claimed the treatment to those incarcerated there amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment.” This resulted in its closure soon thereafter. It reopened as the Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum in 2007 after a two-year restoration which included refinishing the hardwood floors and staircase and repairing the mechanisms which control the cell doors. The museum now features some of the original furniture from 1902 in the booking room, as well as various other artifacts including mug shots and police logs. In the cells, there are still remnants of inmate messages and artwork.
Research completed by the current owners of The Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum has indicated there were numerous deaths at this facility. It is believed in 1907, a woman possibly named Olga Knutsen, died here after being locked up for “insanity”. Apparently, this was the practice of the time when someone was mentally ill and not able to be controlled in the hospital. In addition, there were numerous attempts at suicide throughout the years. One of the more infamous prisoners - Robert Curry (aka Bob Lee), a member of the “Wild Bunch” (Butch Cassidy’s gang) – made the mistake of hiding out in Cripple Creek, where he was captured and then housed at the Teller County Jail.
Investigated by the Ghost Adventures crew in season six, this building is a hotbed of paranormal activity. Night and day, visitors to the museum report being touched, having their hair pulled, and hearing disembodied voices. Investigators have captured EVPs of men, women and children, as well as interactions with other-worldly beings through the use of flashlights and other equipment designed to make contact with spirits.
The original cells of the jail are intact, and the history within these walls is diverse and haunting. Are some of the original prisoners still here, as well, waiting to tell you their side of the story? Perhaps the jailers are still keeping watch over the inmates. You never can tell who you might run into…
Your ghost hunt at Outlaws & Lawmen Jail Museum includes the following: