Gothic Hanging Jail in Louisiana back open for tours

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Tours of the Gothic Hanging Jail, an old jail in Louisiana, are open for the first time in a century, except when it’s raining.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and damage from hurricanes Laura and Delta, the Beauregard Parish Tourist Commission had halted daytime and lantern tours of the 107-year-old jail.

“Because of roof and concrete damage done to the jail, we will have to cancel tours on rainy days or nights,” Beauregard Parish Tourist Commission Executive Director Lori Darbonne told The American Press.

This concrete prison was constructed in 1914 with a wall thickness of one foot (0.30 meters). The gallows was only used on March 9, 1928, for two men who murdered and robbed a taxi driver, according to an article in the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities publication “64 Parishes”.

People can see the jail in a new episode of “Ghost Brothers: Lights Out” that began streaming on Discovery+ last week.

Tours were reopened to the public on April 8, with priority given to those with a long waiting list.

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