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Claflin Jail

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Built: N/A | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Richard Lartz

Not much is known about the “bear cage” jail cell located at the Barton County Museum. It is alleged that this jail cell once belonged to the City of Claflin and was provided by the Army. After it became unused it’s said that the jail was stored in a shop building for years. The jail was then used in the 1972 Great Bend Bicentennial and donated to the museum grounds afterward.




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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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