A new book is shedding light on Nodaway County’s unique history with jail designs.

In “Human Squirrel Cage,” author Susan Cronk details how the county went from the simplest of lockups to an elaborate, rotating metal contraption that was supposed to be cutting-edge technology. Colloquially known as a “Lazy Susan,” or “merry-go-round” jail, the official name is “rotary jail.”

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