Old Cambria County Jail

In downtown Ebensburg, PA a piece of local history has been captured and preserved by the Cambria County Historical Society. Located in the original cellblock of the former county jail, the Old Cambria County Jail is a historic installation open to the public.

Since opening in 2001, the museum has provided our region with a peek into the local justice system through the display of artifacts and educational posters, and even providing access to one of the cells.

Walking through the exhibit, visitors can view a sample of the day-to-day life of Cambria County prisoners and those responsible for their keeping. The display includes:

  • The jail cell of Michael Smith, a prisoner that escaped from the jail on the night before he was scheduled to be executed by hanging
  • Nooses used in executions
  • A collection of prisoner-made weapons
  • Jailhouse ledgers, modified to ensure privacy

The exhibit is located on the corner of Center and Sample Streets, Ebensburg, PA (click here for a map) and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM. Visitors should enter via the Sample Street entrance.

If you would like to learn more about the Old Cambria County Jail, visit the Cambria County Historical Society’s Web site, where they have a full series of newsletters on the subject, titled the “Jail Series Volumes 1-8”.

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This entry was posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 at 7:20 pm by Brian L. and is filed under History & Landmarks. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Old Cambria County Jail”

  1. robert shape says:

    September 22nd, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    hello we are a paranormal team from maryland and are interestd in investigating the jail…

  2. Do Johnstown says:

    September 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Your best bet would be to contact the Cambria County Historical Society, which is the organization responsible for the museum. A list of contacts is available on their website: http://www.cambriacountyhistorical.com/contacts.htm