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Leedey Jail

Leedey Jail is one to be proud of, bigger than most of the calabooses in its area it is one that can’t be missed. With an almost safe-like door it is fit with a bigger than “normal”...

Butler Jail

Donations for the Butler Jail were starting to be collected by councilman Ben Neu in April of 1930. He himself donated $25 and by the end of one day collected $170. A jail for Butler had been talked...

Grandfield Jail

The Grandfield Jail was built sometime between 1914-1923 it is a typical barrel roof, concrete structure but unlike most others has two cells. Used mostly as a drunk tank or holding cell it was...

Franklin Hotel

In 1927, a prominent Mangum resident, Ralph Helper attended a convention in Alva, Oklahoma. The convention was being held at the “first-class”, Bell Hotel. The Bell Hotel had opened in 1922 and was a...

Arnett School

Most people know Arnett, OK as being located in Ellis County but many don’t know there is another one in Harmon County. Now, this Arnett is the one we will be talking about but only consists of...

Ron School

Excitement buzzed through the small town of Ron in October of 1939, word had just come that the Works Project Administration had approved the project for Ron School Consolidated No. 12. The...

Gold Belle Mill & Mine

The Gold Belles Mill & Mine was one of several mining operations in the Wichita Mountains seeking gold during the early 1900s. The entire operation was established in 1900 with a fifty-ton...

Gotebo, OK

The town of Gotebo was originally known as Harrison Oklahoma, named after President Benjamin Harrison. The settlement was established in 1901 during the opening of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache...

Saddle Mountain Mission

Thirty-one-year-old Isabel Crawford from Sedan, Oklahoma arrived in Saddle Mountain, Oklahoma in April 1896. She set out on a journey to establish a Baptist Mission in the town with the help of...

Sentinel Jail

The Sentinel jail is a tiny jail that looks a bit different from other Oklahoma tiny jails. It features thicker walls than the typical calaboose, two cells that have steel doors, and two small steel...

Carter Jail

While not much of any history could be found on this tiny jail in Carter, Oklahoma. The time period for this jail fits around the ~1910s era. It seems to have a stucco look on the outside with a v...

Granite Jail

According to Sanborn maps, this jail was built sometime in the 1910s. It is a classic concrete, steel-barred calaboose. While the exact date that it was stopped using is unknown it seems that the...

Foss Jail

The little jail in Foss is a must see piece of history. It is one of only a few remaining “cage cells” in Oklahoma dating back to the early 1900s. This four man cell displays a tag that...

Quanah Parker Star House

Chief Quanah Parker was known as being a progressive Comanche warrior and leader. He served as the last principal chief of the Comanche Tribe and was influential in settling the Comanche Tribe on a...

Manitou Jail

The Manitou Jail was constructed in 1922 of concrete, and steel bars, with a barrel roof. It was a single cell and represented the efforts that most small upcoming towns had of promoting the welfare...

Texola Jail

Texola is the last town in Oklahoma before crossing into theTexas panhandle. A once-bustling town, it now registers a population of just about 40. Constructed in 1910 this small territorial jail is...

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