Deridders Gothic-looking hanging Jail is one of the most distinctive of its type in the US . Its collegiate Gothic architectural style features shallow arches, dormer windows, and a central tower . The iron bars in most of the windows give the structure an eerie appearance . Inside, there is a spiral staircase that leads up to three floors of jail cells, each with a toilet, shower, lavatory and window . When the jail was in use, prisoners could be seen waving from the barred windows . This unique jail was used until 1982, when a court action forced it to close . In 1981 it was put on the National Register of Historic Places, along with several other buildings in DeRidder .
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