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Covington Jail

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Built: 1919 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Sondra Easterly
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 a new jail was built. In September of 1919 H.L. Lipsey started constructing a substantial concrete jail that contained two cells on each side and a jailers room in the center. Each cell had a small barred window, a toilet and a cot that hung from the wall. The jailers office in the middle contained the wood stove to heat the building. These were modern amenities that were probably added during the fifties to keep the jail within code.

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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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