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Texola Jail

Texola Jail

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Built: 1910 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jeff Hodge

Texola is the last town in Oklahoma before crossing into the Texas panhandle. A once-bustling town, it now registers a population of just about 40. Constructed in 1910 this small territorial jail is made of concrete and metal bars, including a gas heater covered by a cage inside. On the walls of the jail are some news articles related to Oklahoma outlaws but it is not believed that they spent time here. Out front is a concrete marker (presumably from the school) with the names of the class of 1938. This jail was used to house local disturbances, usually drunk and disorderly and was said to usually have one chair, one bed, and some blankets. It’s unknown the exact year this jail closed but many of these calabooses shut down in the 1930s although some were used even throughout the 1950s.

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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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