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Webbers Falls Jail

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Built: Prior to 1894 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: John Rupp

The Webbers Falls jail is in immaculate shape for how old this tiny building is. The exact age of this jail is unknown but Sanborn maps dating back to 1894 show the little calaboose located in the same spot that it still sits today. It has two separate interior cells that originally had windows in the rear wall. However, these have been filled in, the date of when this was done is unknown. The jail was also hit hard on one of its rear corners, to repair it bricks were just dry-stacked back and the jail was stuccoed over, probably cover up all the work.
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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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