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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...

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

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...

McLouth Jail

According to government insurance maps and newspapers, the McLouth Calaboose was constructed sometime between 1913 and 1921. It is a barrel roof concrete structure with a cell on each end with a...

Mahaska Jail

The Mahaska City Jail is peculiar in design, having a square structure that looks to be wrapped in a material made to look like brick. The cell would have been a fancy cell for the small town. The...

Clyde Jail

The beautiful stone jail that sits in Clyde Kansas dates back to December 1885 when it was completed. But the jail seemed to be vacant in most of its early days, it was reported in October 1886 that...

Lebanon Jail

In 1910 Lebanon Mayor Ellsworth Adams with a committee consisting of John C. Bunker, Clarence Eugene Ingram, and E.C. Elroy. Together, they voted for the City of Lebanon to make a purchase of two...

Summerfield Jail

The Summerfield Jail was built in 1903 and constructed of lovely native stone making the walls thick and “indestructible”. It was dedicated on September 3, 1903 with the imprisonment of a...

Oketo Jail

The lot on which the Oketo jail sits, off Monroe Street, was purchased by local businessmen chipping in money together in August of 1890. By September work had commenced on the stone calaboose that...

Wetmore Jail

The start of the Wetmore jail dates back to 1882 when the City of Wetmore purchased Block 22, Lot 20 from Elvin Campfield for the purpose of building a calaboose on the land. Work on the jail lasted...

Hoyt Jail

In March of 1911, The Hoyt Sentinel reported, “There has been a rumor in circulation that the city paid $300 for the two old creamery lots. The fact is the city has not invested a dollar in...

Aurora Jail

The Aurora Jail was constructed in 1889 two blocks South from the location it currently sits at. It is constructed of stones rather than concrete like most other tiny jails. At some point the jail...

Haddam Jail

The Haddam Jail dates back to the summer of 1901 when the first meeting to discuss the jail happened. On May 6, 1901 a committee was appointed to brainstorm about building a new jail, if they needed...

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