Escape from this Historic Jail

Notorious gangster Charlie Birger couldn't; can you?

escape roomThe running question at the Franklin County Historic Jail Museum: notorious southern Illinois gangster Charlie Birger couldn’t break out of this jail, can you?

That’s because the historic jail, which was built in 1905, now doubles as an escape room.

In 1927, Birger was arrested on a charge of ordering the murder of West City mayor Joe Adams, and booked at the Franklin County Jail.

He tried to bust his way out, but his attempt was unsuccessful.charlie birger

Are you smarter than Birger?

You and your teammates have 60 minutes of isolation inside the lower cell block to prove just that.

Heartland Weekend got a closer look at the jail. Trust us, you’ll feel like you’ve just stepped into the 1920s.

If you’re up to the challenge, you can reserve your team’s hard time behind bars by clicking here.

Good news: Heartland Weekend got some clues on how to escape.