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Binger Jail

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Built: 1908 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedPrivate Property
Photojournalist: Michael SchwarzEmily Cowan

The first jail in Binger was made of oak planks, laid flat, and studded with spikes. It was around for a short time until a German farmer by the name of Gottleib Schutze was burned to death while in the jail during his sentence in 1907. He was arrested for domestic violence against his wife when he piled his mattress and bedding against the door in an attempt to burn his way out. The building was discovered in flames and the prisoner had already perished, almost beyond recognition. A new jail, this time made of concrete, was constructed in the spring of 1908. It was in Sept. 1909 that the new jail was dedicated by the incarceration of a woman from out of town on the charge of disturbing the peace.

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“14 Sep 1909, 4 – The Oklahoma State Capital at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/657809148/?terms=binger%2Bjail.

“7 Nov 1907, 7 – New-State Tribune at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/586052575/?terms=binger%2Bjail.

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Emily Cowan

Emily was brought into the Abandoned OK Team in December of 2019. “I’m not gonna lie I fangirled a bit. My first published post I was ecstatic, I felt like I finally had the right audience for my work. The opportunities that came with it made me love the website even more. I remember my first interview with a couple at Waukomis Christian Church. They had bought and restored the 1897 church and insisted on keeping the original sanctuary despite being advised on moving it. We talked with them for at least a good 40 minutes about the church, the abandoned Waukomis Middle School beside it, and the towns other disappearing buildings. They even rang the bell for us that has sat in the bell-tower for the last 120 something years ago. We could tell they were just as passionate about preserving Oklahoma’s dwindling history as we were. When interviewing people and hearing the first-hand stories and recollections of a place and seeing how a person connects to a building, it forms a connection between not only you and that person but yourself and that building.”

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Amanda Bowman
Amanda Bowman
1 year ago

What is the address? How can I find this place? Also, how do I get in contact with the owners of the property?

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