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Manchester Jail

Manchester Jail

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Built: N/A | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: City of Manchester

In 1920 improvements to the City of Manchester were underway with the addition of a ‘new’ city jail to replace the one that sat just northeast of the current cells. An editor of the Grant County Journal while on a trip to Hutchinson, Kansas worked out a deal with the City of Hutchinson on behalf of the City of Manchester for the old Reno County jail cells. The two fused cells were discarded after the county built a new jail. They were purchased for $75 and arrived within the second week of March 1920. The steel cells were fused together creating a 5×7 mini jail compound. This gave Manchester a jail “equal to the average county jail in Oklahoma.”

By the summer a building for the jail cells was under construction. R.E. McCune is described as doing the carpenter work on the new jail building for the double steel cells. Its first use was on August 16, 1920, when Marshal Jas. Clary had come across a couple of intoxicated gentlemen who were put into the cells sober up.

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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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