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Fowler Jail

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Built: 1906 | Abandoned:
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Marjean Strong
Fowler Jail
Fowler Jail, ca. Unknown OldMeadeCounty.com

When the town was incorporated in 1906 Mayor Pinnick began assessing the needs of the city. He deemed a ‘Jail Committee’ was necessary and emphasized the need to get a jail built. The committee purchased sand for the foundation of the building but their funds quickly depleted and no progress was made. A few months later the weight of the upcoming spring City Election weighed on Pinnick and he began to worry he wouldn’t have anything substantial to show for his six years in the mayor position. He began to push once again for a jail to be built, this time with success.

Within a few weeks, a small jail was completed sitting on the north side of town. It has the typical features of a calaboose being constructed of concrete with a flat top roof. It had one cell, one large window, a bed, and a single entryway door made of flat strip iron. The first alleged prisoner was named Ira Salmon who stole a pumpkin.

The Fowler News newspaper article depicts another prisoner in April 1917:

Last week several of the Fowler ladies were attacked by a man whose name is Jackson. He was caught at Dodge City by officials and returned to the Fowler jail Tuesday, where he was kept in custody until the arrival of Sheriff Krisle Wednesday when he took him to the county jail. The man is supposed to be insane.




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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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