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Minneola Jail

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Built: 1915 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Tony Maphet

The Minneola jail cells were ordered and delivered in June 1915 via telegraph after a local committee was appointed to do just that. Two fused together steel cages with pull-down beds were delivered to Minneola and placed within the City Jail building. A story involving the jail and its patron are included below:

Ashland Clipper June 24, 1920 –  Leslie Ross, 28, of Mead County, was arrested after running to Hutchinson with 20-year-old Bertha Inlow to be married. Ross was arrested upon complaint of Miss Inlow’s father and placed in jail in Minneola. He soon broke jail but was again arrested and placed in jail at Ashland.

At some point down the line the jail cell was moved to the nearby town of Ashland. The jail sits at the Pioneer Krier Museum to hopefully be cherished and admired for many more years.





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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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