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Buhler Jail

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Built: 1914 | Abandoned: 1950s
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Valerie Belknap
On November 27, 1913, The Buhler Herald reported that at a city council meeting on November 21st a decision had been made to start work on a city jail for Buhler. The jail that was then completed in March of the following year was 12×14 feet with two cells and a corridor inside. Each cell was 5×7 feet sitting on a concrete floor with a flat concrete roof over them. Bids for the steel work were prepared by the two blacksmiths of Buhler and a machine shop in Hutchinson. Mayor Bartel commenced work as soon as possible after the decision was made at the meeting and a section of land on township property was picked for the jail.

The jail was then abandoned in the late fifties after being used mostly as a drunk tank or holding cell while criminals waited to be transported to the Reno County jail in Hutchinson. The building was then used in the 1960-70s for the towns Christmas decorations.




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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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