COUNCIL BLUFFS — Turn on the newest episode of the Travel Channel’s “Most Terrifying Places in America” and you might recognize a few familiar faces.
The popular TV show, which showcases spooky spots from all over the United States, recruited local talent to act in an episode that featured the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs.
Huston Hunter, Joe Don Hunter and Seth Tech were cast in the show after responding to a Facebook post made by the Travel Channel earlier this year that asked if anyone in the area was interested in acting in the episode. Filming took place on May 21.
“It was really fun hanging in the jail for a few hours,” Huston Hunter said. “We talked with the other cast and crew about the history of the Squirrel Cage Jail and we chatted with some paranormal crews that were being interviewed for the show.”
Joe Don Hunter and Tech filmed their scenes together and can be seen playing checkers in the episode. Huston filmed alone and can be seen walking around the jail and pretending to be asphyxiated with a rope.
“It was a fun experience and fun to see myself on the Travel Channel on national TV,” Huston said.
The segment also featured interviews with the jail’s manager, Kat Slaughter, a tour guide, a former inmate, a paranormal witness and tourists.
The episode, “Restless Dead,” originally premiered on Sunday, but will re-air three more times this month.
» Thursday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.
» Sunday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.
» Monday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m.
You can also find the episode on demand and can stream it on Hulu.
The episode also featured a “haunted” lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida, the Madison Seminary in Madison Ohio, The Whitney in Detroit, Michigan, The Speakeasy in Sacramento, Nebraska, and the Smallwood Store in Chokoloskee, Florida.