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Reading Jail

Reading Jail

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Built: 1870 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan

The Reading original jail looks like something straight out of a wild west movie. Originally built in 1870 the jail includes two cells with a wood stove inside for the winter months. Outside of the jail is a inmate picture cutout for visitors to take fun photos in.

A story involving the jail and its patron is included below:

The Emporia Gazette Jul 2, 1938

A transient prisoner who wore an overcoat in the Reading jail Friday morning while the mercury hovered near the 100-degree mark was transferred to the Lyon County jail for safe-keeping. Undersheriff Walter Keehn brought the man to Emporia. He had been arrested by the Reading marshal. The man, who gave his name as Charles Barnes is being held until a report on his fingerprints have been returned from Washington D.C. Officers here believe the man may have escaped from some state institution.

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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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