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cimarron city jail

Cimarron City Jail

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Built: 1929 | Abandoned: 1958
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Joe Labelle

The Cimarron City Jail has a basic calaboose construction having an entryway with a single cell. Made entirely of concrete with a few iron-barred windows and a flat top roof. The boom of crime in the 1920s sparked many jails to pop up in smaller towns as holding cells for criminals waiting to be transported to the county jails. Most of the time the cells were used to hold drunken or petty thieves. Construction was finished in July of 1929, with the first prisoners being booked on the 21st of the month. The prisoners were L.C. Houser who was arrested for disturbing the peace at the Cimarron swimming pool and E.H. McPike was arrested on a liquor charge. Both were fined $10.00 and later released.

The City of Cimarron put up a placard in front of the jail to educate those about not only the jail’s history but giving a map to show other historic buildings within the city. The small jail was placed on the NRHP on July 12, 2019, to further highlight its significance.

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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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