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Cedar Vale Jail

Cedar Vale Jail

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Built: 1920's | Abandoned: 1930's-1950's
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

This jail is presumed to have been built after 1921, according to The County Liner and Cedar Vale Commercial Dec. 16, 1921 “Cedar Vale’s jail was burned on the night the armistice was signed and since that time we have not needed a booby-hatch.” It would have probably been abandoned in the 1930s-50s time frame when most calabooses were abandoned and law enforcement became more advanced.

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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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