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Vera Jail

Vera Jail

Location Class:
Built: 1906 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan
Vera Jail
Vera Jail at original location on Main St.

Mr. Carr donated a small bit of land just 135 by 82 feet, just off of Main Street to build a jail. Tin and timber were gathered from J.W. Chandler and Son Lumber Yard, the only lumber yard in town at the time. The materials were used to construct the outer building that enclosed the steel barred cage inside. Finished in 1906, it was fitted with two cells and two beds. This was a popular style of calaboose before the concrete pour-in-place method became popular after 1910. Metal scrappers and vandals stole the beds out of both cells so it was decided to move the jail in 1990-1991 behind town hall to help preserve one of the last historic buildings left in the town. There was a proposal to add the jail to the National Registry of Historic Places but was denied since it had been moved from its original site. It is still there behind Town Hall and accessible to go inside and take pictures.


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Smith, Lucille. The Town of Vera. 1980.

“Vera: The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture.” Vera | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, www.okhistory.org/publications/enc/entry.php?entry=VE002.

“15 May 1958, 3 – The Collinsville News and The Owasson at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/597079305/?terms=vera%2Bhigh%2Bschool.

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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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