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Longton Jail

Longton Jail

The relic that is Longton Jail is a staple piece of history in the old town. A bit bigger than other calabooses this tiny jail was completed in the fall of 1905. It has a concrete floor, a skeet-iron...

Galena Jail

Galena Jail

The Galena Jail is made of iron bars and only just a cell now sitting near Howard Litch Park. While it’s unsure the exact date it was constructed it can only be assumed that this was not...

Havana School

Havana School

In early March of 1915, the Havana School Board started campaigning for bids on a new school. Around $9,000 would need to be raised to construct the brick and stone school, L.F. Carson was hired as...

Joyland Amusement Park

Joyland Amusement Park

PHOTO GALLERY AT THE VERY END The father and son’s trio of Lester, Herb and Harold Ottaways were amusement enthusiasts and excelled in family entertainment. Joyland was not their first venture...

Elgin, KS

Elgin, KS

Elgin was founded in 1869 by Lyman P. Getman, with one of the earliest most prominent families in the town coming a few months later. That being the family of Romulus (Rome) Hanks, cousin of Abraham...

Caney Ice Plant Storage House

Caney Ice Plant Storage House

This Caney Ice Plant Storage House was built between 1895-1900, it now sits in a back alleyway covered with vines. During winter months large slabs of ice were pulled from the nearby Little Caney...

Midland Brick Company

Midland Brick Company

Pearl (Peru) Brick Company According to Sanborn maps, it was originally called Pearl Brick Company but throughout its lifespan and many different names, one always stuck. The Peru Brick Company was...

Caney Jail

Caney Jail

In a back alley of Caney barely visible from the street sits this frontier jail that was built in 1888. The structure cost around $27.00 to build, which translates to $728.68 in today’s money...

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