Cottonwood Falls Jail

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Year Built: 1870 | Year 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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