|City/Town: • Utica
|Location Class: • Jail
|Built: • N/A | Abandoned: • N/A
|Status: • Abandoned • Endangered
|Photojournalist: • Wade Babcock
Built around 1912 the first time Utica Jail shows up in newspapers was December 28, 1912 in the Ness County Newspaper with the following: Frank McKinney of Gove County who broke out of the Utica jail after he had been placed there to answer to a charge of drunkenness, was tried in Judge D.G. Brown’s court on Tuesday and fined $25.00 and costs amounting to $45.00. The defendant pleads guilty.
On January 3, 1913, the City of Utica offered a $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who broke into the jail at Utica on December 21, 1912. And another jail break in January 1916, W. Goddard was given a preliminary hearing in the justice court of H.D. Miner and was bound over to the district court for trial the following Saturday. There he plead guilty to breaking jail at Utica and was fined $50 and costs which he paid.
It like most others probably stopped being used in the 1920s and since then has become extremely deteriorated. The roof is gone and the walls are crumbling. It seems as if it might be too late to save the existing structure but if an entity stepped up and wanted to help save history it is possible that the jail can be remade using some of the existing materials, location and dimensions.
Gallery Below of Utica Jail
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