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Devol Jail

Devol Jail

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Built: ~1920 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jeff Hodge

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 has two cells. Constructed of concrete with steel bars, it has one door opening up to a hallway. On July 10th 1920 two boys who were awaiting trial in the Devol calaboose for theft of tools from the Signal Station had escaped. They had pried off a part of the roof and made a run for it in the dead of night.

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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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