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Covington Jail

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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https://www.newspapers.com/image/579011854/?terms=covington%20jail&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/586569245/?terms=covington%20jail&match=1

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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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