I had the opportunity earlier this month to explore the old Elkhart County Jail for The Goshen News’ “Hidden Places” series. The jail facility became obsolete when the new facility opened in 2007. Since then it has sat empty on Third Street across from the Elkhart County Courthouse. A gun range in the basement is still used in the winter months and the rest of the building is used for training K-9 and tactical teams. One of the other training exercises that made the building even creepier than it was (since it was dark, dirty and used to house a lot of bad people), is the blood splatter training, where red paint would be caked all over walls and the floor.
I enjoy exploring abandoned buildings and seeing evidence of what was once there and seeing the decay that’s happened since they were left. The jail has seen plenty of decay; once overcrowded, many cells have been ripped apart so that their doors, sinks or urinals could be reused in other facilities.