Foss Jail

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Year Built: 1918 | Year Abandoned: 1964
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Robin Snow

The little jail in Foss is a must see piece of history. It is one of only a few remaining “cage cells” in Oklahoma dating back to the early 1900s. This four man cell displays a tag that shows the builders as the Pauly Jail Building Co. of St. Louis, MO. Pauly Jail Building Co. has been in business since 1856 and is still building jail equipment as of 2021.

The jail is constructed of steel bars and four beds, it has only a sliver of a door. It is extremely hard to wrap your brain around four people fitting inside this cell, confined to just a bed for the term of their stay. The jail had the ability to be moved around and still makes frequent moves today, it has been located next to the railway tracks, by the sign that welcomes you to Foss from the south and then at Foss Park.

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