|City/Town: • Tamaha|
|Location Class: • Jail|
|Year Built: • 1886 | Year Abandoned: •|
|Historic Designation: • National Register of Historic Places (1980)|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • John Rupp|
Supposedly the first inmate within the Tamaha Jail was Frank Prentice, how he got there is a store all in itself. Prentice had supposedly been hired as a horseback mail carrier for the Whitefield to Tamaha route. Deciding to have a little fun on his trip he decided to have a few drinks, apparently, he had a few more than expected because a majority of the letters in his saddlebags had been scattered throughout the some twenty or so miles between the towns. Upon arrival, his drunken mistake was discovered and authorities threw him into the Tamaha Jail, just long enough to sober him up.
[Photograph 2012.201.B0389.0635], photograph, December 10, 1993; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc420848/: accessed February 6, 2021), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.