This old brick building in downtown Allegan was used as the Sheriff’s residence and jail from 1906 until the new jail was constructed in 1968. The front is the sheriff’s home where he lived with his family and the rear is the jail cells with solitary confinement in the basement. The old jail has been converted into a museum for visitors to experience what it was like for the sheriff and people arrested in the early 1900s.
People have claimed to see and hear strange things in the old jail. Most notably the basement where the most hardened of criminals were kept. A strange presence is felt and a streak of light has been seen floating in the air around the solitary confinement cell. In the sheriff’s residence an apparition of a woman has been seen. Some believe it is the ghost of one of the former sheriff’s wife. Maybe she is still cooking and cleaning for the inmates in the afterlife like she did when she lived in the residence.
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