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Cherryvale Jail

Cherryvale Jail

Location Class:
Built: 1890-1900 | Abandoned: 1920s
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

The Cherryvale jail or what is known as a calaboose was built sometime between 1890 and 1900. The first reports of the calaboose in newspapers were in 1900. The calaboose was presumeable abandoned in the 1920’s and the red color that it is painted now is not original.

Here are some stories reported in the local newspapers:

The Cherryvale Daily News 07 Mar. 1900 — There is but one case of smallpox in the county and that is in the Cherryvale Jail. The Black man who had the smallpox and was kept in the jail was last Saturday pronounced entirely well and after a good cleaning up was given a new suit of clothes and $3 and he left for other part

The Coffeyville Daily Journal 11 Sept. 1901 — In the case of the city of Cherryvale against C.H. Ward, Cherryvales leading druggist. On July 12, Ward was tried in police court there on the charge of having sold intoxicating liquors in violation of the prohibition ordinance. He was convicted and fined $133.75 ($4,077.33) and sentenced to thirty days in the Cherryvale city jail.

Independence Daily Reporter 06 Apr. 1905 — Angel Garcia was shot and killed at Cherryvale last night by Frank Bango. The two men engaged in a quarrel over a room and Bango pulled a 32-caliber revolver and shot Garcia behind the left ear, the wounded man expiring in about thirty minutes after being shot. The city officers quickly arrested Bango and placed him in the Cherryvale jail to await trial.

Chanute Weekly Tribune 16 Nov. 1906 — Murphy made the following confession to a reporter for the Cherryvale Republican who talked with him while he was in the Cherryvale jail yesterday: “Yes, I robbed the lumber yard safe election night. This kid, Wagner, who turned me up, is in jail at Chanute, and was with me here. We did the job early in the evening and spent the rest of the night here, going to Chanute the next day. I will tell you how it happened, and you can use what I say. About the first of the month I quit my job as a track foreman on the Missouri Pacific at Kansas City. I had concluded to leave the city, and was walking along Union Avenue, looking for a chance to ship out. This kid, Wagner, whom I had never seen before, stepped up and begged me for something to eat. “I’ll feed you, kid. but it seems like no one ought to be hungry in a city where there is as much work as there is here,” I said. I fed him up and afterwards he asked me where I  was going. I told him I was going to ship out. He wanted to go with me, and I finally fixed him out. Coming down on the train he kept asking me if I ever grabbed anything, and wanted me to turn a trick. I kept stalling him off. He wanted to be Hookey at every town we stopped in, but I told him we would go on over to the railroad work at Denver and he could flunkey and I would hold slips. This didn’t suit him. We got off at Parsons, where we met a fellow whom we called Brown. Brown told us that we could get a few dollars from the lumber yard safe at Cherryvale. I broke into the lumber office as carefully as I could. When I got in the office I found the safe unlocked. I searched it but found no money. I picked up the books and papers I threw on the floor and placed them on the desk, so the boss could find them in the morning. There was nothing of value in the desk, and I didnt mess it up much. We left the lumber yard and slept out all night, then we started back to Chanute.”

Parsons Daily Eclipse 22 Aug. 1907 — Mike Walsh, known as the Umbrella Peddler, was arrested yesterday on a charge of drunkenness a charge to which Mike was never known to plead not guilty, and put in Cherryvale jail. Mike had evidently become tired of facing courts on that same old threadbare charge so he decided to inject a little change in the court bill of fare and set fire to the jail. The fire boys soon extinguished the flames and no damage resulted. A charge of arson was lodged against Walsh and he was taken to the county jail in Independence.

The Caney Chronicle 15 Mar. 1913 — Walt Raub and J.C. Moore, serving sentences for selling liquor, broke out of the Cherryvale jail Sunday night. They had help from the outside, the padlock being broken. They now face a penitentiary sentence, hence Cherryvale feels reasonably certain they will not return.


“11 Sep 1901, Page 4 – The Coffeyville Daily Journal at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/58926098/?terms=cherryvale%2Bjail.

“15 Mar 1913, 4 – The Caney Chronicle at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/427006720/?terms=cherryvale%2Bjail.

“16 Nov 1906, 8 – Chanute Weekly Tribune at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/486624254/?terms=cherryvale%2Bjail.

“22 Aug 1907, 3 – Parsons Daily Eclipse at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/425693129/?terms=cherryvale%2Bjail.

“6 Apr 1905, Page 1 – Independence Daily Reporter at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/93095788/?terms=cherryvale%2Bjail.

“7 Mar 1900, 1 – The Cherryvale Daily News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/419153510/?terms=cherryvale%2Bjail.

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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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Dana Peugh
Dana Peugh
2 years ago

Can you please call me at 620-779-5377. I have people wanting to donate to fix the old jail up. They also want to know how much money we need to to raise.

Dana Peugh
Dana Peugh
2 years ago

I’m 60 year’s old & I have never seen the inside of that jail. Thank you for sharing the photos! My I share this in another group?? I think it may help you out!

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