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Sawyer Jail

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Built: 1917 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Kenny Marsh

Bids for the Sawyer Jail were taken in January and February of 1917 with calls to find someone with the materials to do so. A barrel roof single celled brick structure with two barred windows was erected on the west side of town. Built in 1917 it wasn’t even put to use until 2 years later, see the story and others below:

Sawyer News April 18, 1919 – If you fail to pay your personal business debts you can only be placed in the jail. If you fail to lend your just share to pay the Nation’s war debts you will be called a slacker. You know what your share is.

Sawyer News November 14, 1919 – The city calaboose, built a few years ago was used for the first time Tuesday night. It was used on that occasion to imprison about thirty turkeys Jim McReynolds had bought. They seemed displeased with the accommodations afforded by the regular poultry pen and showed a disposition to strike for better conditions and longer hours of life. Jim refused to consider their demands and threw them into jail without even an order from the court. The next morning they were buddled into other prison cages and rushed away to their doom. Thus another strike was put down by the ‘brutal power of the ruling classes.”






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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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