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Gans Jail

Gans Jail

Location Class:
Built: N/A | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: John Rupp

Information on the Gans calaboose is slim to none, which can probably mean it wasn’t of much use to the city. A single cell concrete structure with a barrel roof was built probably sometime between 1910-1920 which would become the Gans jail. It has a small window offset of the big almost medieval-looking door.

The jail is one of the only buildings left from the original Gans site. In 1957 Gans experienced the worst natural disaster of its history when an F4 tornado came rolling through. The tornado left a path of destruction and destroyed most of the town but the jail remained. This amazing piece of history unfortunately sits hidden from public eyes on private property. The city has tried several times to obtain the jail back from the property owner to fix it up and make it an attraction with no success.

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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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