|City/Town: • Reading|
|Location Class: • Jail|
|Year Built: • 1870 | Year 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.