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Cottonwood Falls Jail

Cottonwood Falls Jail

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Built: 1870 | Abandoned: 1873
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

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 bigger than other jails in the surrounding towns. Containing a single cell and jailer’s room this building was only used for three years before it went unused. It’s reasoning for closing was due to the nearby stately Chase County Courthouse being built that housed a jail inside. Since then the jail has been restored and is kept up by locals.




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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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