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Author - 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.

fairview jail

Fairview Jail

In 1917, Fairview had a new city jail. This came as a surprise to some residents being as the town was usually pretty quiet and somber when it came to criminal activity. A single cell cage was built...

winchester jail

Winchester Jail

Not much is known about the Winchester jail other than it was moved and restored at the Old Jefferson Town in 1977. The jail was often used for voting, city hall meetings, and other town events. In...

edgerton jail

Edgerton Jail

The Edgerton Jail was purchased from the Pauly Jail Building Co in June 1902 for a total of $92.15. Not much else is known about the cell other than this was not its original location, it was moved...

Lower Snokomo School Dist No. 32

Lower Snokomo School Dist No. 32

The Lower Snokomo Distr. No 32 school is one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses left in rural Kansas. Referred to as both Lower Snokomo and Haubold School the building was constructed in 1890...

Wichita Greyhound Park

Wichita Greyhound Park

Wichita Greyhound Park opened on September 7th, 1989 as a 72-acre, $18 million luxurious dog racing facility. Greyhound Park allowed for Kansas’ first pari-mutuel betting in greyhound racing...

muscotah jail

Muscotah Jail

The Muscotah City Jail cell is one of the best-preserved cells I have seen regardless of it sitting in the elements for many years. The cell was designed and manufactured by E.T. Barnum, a popular...

sylvia jail

Sylvia Jail

The Sylvia jail cell is a classic single cell with two bunks designed and manufactured by E.T. Barnum. The cell still sits under an awning to try and shield it from the elements. It is similar to...

St. Johns Hospital - Salina

St. Johns Hospital – Salina

The idea for the St. Johns Salina Hospital was pitched by Rev. Father Maher of the Sisters of St. Joseph who then brought the idea to other non-Catholic citizens of Salina who agreed there was a need...

humboldt jail

Humboldt Jail

The Humboldt jail cell located at the Humboldt Historical Society is a white single cell. This represents many other jails in Kansas such as the cells still existing in Muscotah, Sylvia and Goff...

frankfort jail

Frankfort Jail

This historic jail in Frankfort Kansas was not the first calaboose in the city, in fact this jail was built to replace another. On December 22, 1898, A.W. Snodgrass was contracted by the City of...

lecompton jail

Lecompton Jail

The Lecompton jail as of 2022 is 130 years old, most buildings are destroyed in some fashion before even turning a hundred. The care that went into its construction allowed it to last through many...

white city jail

White City Jail

In 1907 the first instance of White City’s needs for a jail was published, and again in a 1909 paper. It seemed White City was almost desperate for a lockup to hold those that stepped out of...

goff jail

Goff Jail

The Goff jail is unusual in its construction and doesn’t look like most other cage cells documented. It is meant to hold one person and was housed in the old City Hall building of Goff. At some...

Almena Jail

Almena Jail

The Almena jail stands as a testament to our history when outlaws roamed the Midwest. Most of these concrete calabooses were built during the 1900-1915 era when the pour in place method became...

belpre jail

Belpre Jail

The Belpre Jail cell sits alone at City Park, a remembrance of our history and how the times of incarceration have changed. It is a single cell made by E.T. Barnum, a popular jail cell manufacturer...

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