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Stuart Jail

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Built: 1918 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Neil Turnbow

The one-room jail of Stuart, Ok was built in 1918 as the proud sign states outside of the structure. Made of limestone, the stonework was done by a gentleman named John Howell. Said to be fire-proof and inescapable it was a proud moment for the town. It was only a short time later that the jail was being used, and according to the town newspaper in February of 1922, it was being used very often. Inside the jail are the remnants of the old toilet and you can peer at the town through the small square window through the eyes of an inmate.

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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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