©2015 1897 Clark County Jail Museum, Inc., PO Box 41, Neillsville WI 54456
Join us Each Summer for a Museum Tour!
The 1897 Clark County Jail Museum was founded and
created by the Clark County Historical Society Inc. (CCHS) in
1978. Society members and volunteers operated this Museum
as one of two historic sites, along with their other programs.
In 2008, the Jail Museum was separately incorporated as the
1897 Clark County Jail Museum, Inc. CCHS Lifetime members
as well as members and volunteers of the 1897 Clark County
Jail Museum, Inc, continue to maintain and operate the
Museum for anyone interested in Clark County History.
Really “two museums - in one”..... visitors begin their
tour in the beautiful victorian home where each Clark County
Sheriff and his family lived (1897 to 1974). These families
would bring all of their own furniture and personal items with
them when they moved in, and then when that Sheriff’s term
of office was completed, they would take all of their
belongings with them.
Today, the residence is filled with period furniture, art,
books, musical instruments, as well as personal and
household items that have all been donated to the Museum
The Jail portion of the Museum, in use from 1897 to
1978, was home for all Clark County WI prisoners and the
Sheriff’s Department. Today it is filled with vintage law
enforcement items and records, local historic items and a
Clark County’s 3rd Jail
The Listeman Bedroom
Exhibit in the Sheriff’s
Vintage Law Enforcement
Items on Display in the Jail