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Oketo Jail

Oketo Jail

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Built: 1890 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Restored 1974
Photojournalist: Donna Alwin

The lot on which the Oketo jail sits, off Monroe Street, was purchased by local businessmen chipping in money together in August of 1890. By September work had commenced on the stone calaboose that would be one of the best in the area. In November the jail was accepted and went into use for Oketo, it was built of native stone larger than most tiny jails.

Oketo JailAfter its abandonment, it was allowed to fall into a state of neglect and the grass around it became very overgrown. In 1974, the Oketo Historical Museum helped restore this piece of history back to its original state and it has stayed in remarkably good looks since then.




Bibliography

https://www.loc.gov/resource/g4204om.g4204om_g030431899/?r=0.11,0.691,0.209,0.16,0

https://www.newspapers.com/image/323738744/?terms=oketo%20calaboose&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/313783034/?terms=oketo%20jail&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/290153340/?terms=oketo%20city%20jail&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/323738909/?terms=oketo%20city%20jail&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/342033724/?terms=oketo%20jail&match=1

https://www.newspapers.com/image/346820553/?terms=oketo%20jail&match=1

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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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