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Burbank Jail

Burbank Jail

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Built: 1910 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: AbandonedGutted
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

A calaboose is a tiny jail, like this one there are many scattered in the old towns of Oklahoma. Most built in the early 1900s, they were used to hold inmates for minor crimes such as public intoxication and fighting. But also as holding cells for prisoners awaiting transport to county jails. This one is estimated to be constructed around 1910, it is made of concrete using the pour-in-place method that originated in Texas in 1908.  Located on the backside of a playground, you can walk in and photograph the tiny jail.

Stories including the jail are below:

The Osage Journal and The Osage County News Sept. 18 1925 – George Sheel of Drumright is in receipt of a rather novel present from Bob Donelson who is on a trip out west, in the form of a small bear, which George is “housing” in the Burbank jail.

The Cushing Daily Citizen Oct. 31 1927 – Jose Alvarado, former two gun investigator for Governo Johnston is in jail here today. Alvarado’s bondsman. Rawleigh Samms special deputy sheriff in Osage County, applied for release from the $10,000 appeal bond which was made against Alvarado in the Burbank jail robbery in 1925 for which he is under sentence.

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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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2 years ago

[…] coming years right after. With a surge in residents and oil-workers came crime as well, the local Burbank Jail held some of the misdemeanor criminals and is one of the 3 historic buildings that still stand in […]

3 years ago

A job well done, Minnie. Very interesting.

3 years ago

i love this!!!! thank you for the amazing content!!

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