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addington jail

Addington Jail

This small cell sits in the tiny town of Addington, it would have been used back in the day when the town had a larger population as a holding cell or drunk tank. These small cells usually went...

Canadian County Jail

Canadian County Jail

In March 1905, the Commercial Club submitted a petition to the County Commissioners requesting a new county jail. A month later a resolution was passed to erect a brand new jail but the location was...

nelagoney jail

Nelagoney Jail

As many of you may know by now, I have been on a mission for the last year and a half to document as many tiny jails across the Midwest as possible. So far, I have documented over 150, with even more...

okc jail

Oklahoma City Police Headquarters

The need for a brand new jail in Oklahoma City and Police Headquarters started being discussed in mid-1935. With a growing city in the middle of the midwest and full of outlaws and bandits, the need...

eufaula jail

Eufaula Jail

The Eufaula Jail is one of the best examples of a calaboose resembling that of the Shamrock and Cherryvale Jails. Built approximately in 1902 it is a longer and bigger calaboose than typically seen...

Sparks, OK

Sparks, OK

Photo Galleries at End of Article Sparks, Oklahoma lays on land that was once part of the Sac and Fox Reservation, which was dissolved in 1890 when the principal chiefs signed an agreement with the...

Gans Jail

Gans Jail

Information on the Gans calaboose is slim to none, which can probably mean it wasn’t of much use to the city. A single cell concrete structure with a barrel roof was built probably sometime...

Manchester Jail

Manchester Jail

In 1920 improvements to the City of Manchester were underway with the addition of a ‘new’ city jail to replace the one that sat just northeast of the current cells. An editor of the Grant...

Covington Jail

Covington Jail

In 1909 Covington’s Jail was destroyed by a fire on Christmas Eve. It was set ablaze by a former prisoner who was locked up the previous night. Covington went without a jail for ten years until...

Grayson Jail

Grayson Jail

Grayson Oklahoma was one of the fifty original All African-American towns located in Oklahoma and one of only thirteen remaining. The town was formerly known as Wildcat and was bustling in the day...

Leedey Jail

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

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...

Kingfisher Jail

Kingfisher Jail

Not much is really known about the Kingfisher jail cell, according to the museum in which it sits, “It was moved from downtown to the museum at some point long before the current staff arrived...

Devol Jail

Devol Jail

The Devol jail cell was built after 1919 according to a government insurance map, but before or around 1920 when it showed up in local newspapers. On the bigger side of the calaboose scale, this jail...

Boswell Jail

Boswell Jail

The Boswell Jail according to the placard above the doorway dates 1906 as when it was built. Although a local NRHP nomination dates it as being completed in 1939. Further evidence of it being built...

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