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Marble City Jail

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Built: ~1911 | Abandoned: ~1950s
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: John Rupp

There was a jail previously in Marble City before this one, but it burned to the ground in 1910. This gives us a pretty good idea that this job was built either within the next year or soon thereafter. It is a classic pour-in-place calaboose, it consists of a single cell with a toilet and a bunk bed for two occupants. The jail held miscriants and drunks within the town and probably wasnt used very often.

In 1997 Marble City bought the two plots of land at $400 apiece that the Marble City jail sat on. The plan was to reinforce the concrete structure and list it on the National Register of Historic Places but was never listed.

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Emily Cowan

Emily was brought into the Abandoned OK Team in December of 2019. “I’m not gonna lie I fangirled a bit. My first published post I was ecstatic, I felt like I finally had the right audience for my work. The opportunities that came with it made me love the website even more. I remember my first interview with a couple at Waukomis Christian Church. They had bought and restored the 1897 church and insisted on keeping the original sanctuary despite being advised on moving it. We talked with them for at least a good 40 minutes about the church, the abandoned Waukomis Middle School beside it, and the towns other disappearing buildings. They even rang the bell for us that has sat in the bell-tower for the last 120 something years ago. We could tell they were just as passionate about preserving Oklahoma’s dwindling history as we were. When interviewing people and hearing the first-hand stories and recollections of a place and seeing how a person connects to a building, it forms a connection between not only you and that person but yourself and that building.”

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