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Yates Center Jail

Tucked away in Yates Center sits a small building, constructed of sandstone with boarded up windows. From the outside you would never guess that this building used to be a jail let alone one that was...

Bartlett Jail

There isn’t much known about this small jail. It was presumably constructed in the early 1900s and discontinued in the 1930s or 1940s. It seems to have been used as a shed in its more recent...

Allen County Jail

Through the 1860s, Allen County struggled over their lack of a jail, proclaiming criminals looked at the Allen County judicial system as a laughing stock and encouraged them to commit crimes...

Mulvane Jail

There has long been speculation over when this jail was built with dates in between 1883-1885 being thrown out there but according to government insurance maps and newspapers, this jail first...

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...

Lebo City Jail

Native sandstone is a common material used in buildings throughout the midwest, especially in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This jail was built of the popular material in 1890 and was 10 ft by 10...

Reading Jail

The Reading original jail looks like something straight out of a wild west movie. Originally built in 1870 the jail includes two cells with a wood stove inside for the winter months. Outside of the...

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...

Council Grove Jail

Constructed in 1870 the Council Grove jail was originally bigger than this, two stories in fact. Located in the all behind Strieby Blacksmith Shop was the original wooden structure with a gabled roof...

Cottonwood Falls Jail

The small Cottonwood Falls or Chase County Jail was constructed in 1870, one of the earliest calabooses I’ve encountered. It was Chase County’s first jail, which made it a little bit...

Neosho Falls Jail

The Neosho Falls Jail single cell was not always by its lonesome before it was located in the Neosho Falls City Hall. The cell was built in 1923 and is made of iron, painted white. When the City Hall...

Hartford Jail

The Hartford Jail is a single cell made of iron bars including a heavy-duty lock and ball and chain. Most Jails left like this were once encompassed by a wooden building that has since deteriorated...

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...

LeRoy Jail

The first LeRoy jail was built in the early 1900s most likely of wood. The jail then was burned down in December of 1910. A new jail was built, this time of concrete to prevent the same disaster from...

Cherryvale Jail

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...

Cedar Vale Jail

This jail is presumed to have been built after 1921, according to The County Liner and Cedar Vale Commercial Dec. 16, 1921 “Cedar Vale’s jail was burned on the night the armistice was...

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