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Manitou Jail

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...

Disney Jail

Disney Jail

The jail is Disney, Ok wasn’t the first jail and was not a quick agreement. The first jail in Disney consisted of a tree, chain, and padlock. Which probed a investigation by Mabel Bassett, the...

Smithville Jail

Smithville Jail

Smithville Jail is hard to spot if you’re not looking for it, hidden across the street from the school it sits camouflaged by trees. Carved above the doorway is 1934, which is the year the jail...

Shidler Jail

Shidler Jail

The Shidler jail now sits as a shell, a reminder of our past and the history that sits forgotten all around us. In 1922 Deputy Sheriff John H. Penland announced Shidler was on track to construct a...

Gore Jail

Gore Jail

The Gore Jail is as textbook as a calaboose comes, made of concrete with tiny windows including two cells. Presumably built in the time frame of 1900-1920 this small cell would have been used for...

Stuart Jail

Stuart Jail

The one-room jail of Stuart, Ok was built in 1918 as the proud sign states outside of the structure. Made of limestone, the stonework was done by a gentleman named John Howell. Said to be fire-proof...

Texola Jail

Texola Jail

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

Tamaha Jail

Tamaha Jail

Not much is left within the town of Tamaha, Oklahoma but one thing that does still stand is its historic rock jail. Built in 1886, it’s said to be the oldest jail in Oklahoma. The towns dwindling...

Washington Jail

Washington Jail

While little history or records could be found on the Washington Jail it fits the popular “pour-in-place” method of making calabooses from the early 1900s. The small one-room jail is...

Chouteau Jail

Chouteau Jail

According to fire insurance maps the Choteau jail was built sometime around the time of 1910. It is a concrete jail with two cells and a unique curved top. L.P. Goforth Under $6,000 Bond Charged With...

Binger Jail

Binger Jail

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...

Eakly Jail

Eakly Jail

This type of concrete pour-in-place method calaboose was perfected in the early 1900s. With Eakly’s population and community becoming a stable township around the 1910’s-1920’s this...

Inola Jail

Inola Jail

The tiny jail of Inola is rumored to have been built in 1921. Assuming that it went out of service when most other calabooses were discontinued it would have been around the 1930-40s. It consists of...

Avant Jail

Avant Jail

The Avant Jail is presumed to have been built in the 1910s. According to an inspection sheet from Sept. 11, 1924, stating that the jail was in bad condition and recommendations to get glass windows...

Red Bird Jail

Red Bird Jail

Red Bird is one of thirteen surviving all-black towns in Oklahoma. While little is known about a lot of the Red Bird Jail and others they are so fun to get and explore! This jail was built sometime...

Boynton, OK

Boynton, OK

Boynton Depot Built: 1926 Abandoned: 1973 Hidden in the woods just out of sight, sits Boynton Depot at the same location since being built in 1910. Originally, a wooden building like many other...

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