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Wetmore Jail

Wetmore Jail

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Built: 1883 | Abandoned: June 22, 1942
Status: Restored
Photojournalist: Theresa White

The start of the Wetmore jail dates back to 1882 when the City of Wetmore purchased Block 22, Lot 20 from Elvin Campfield for the purpose of building a calaboose on the land. Work on the jail lasted from November 20, 1882, until July 7, 1883, for a total cost of $263.40. Different from other calabooses which most were made of concrete, the Wetmore jail is constructed of 15 inch thick native stones with two small barred windows, and a metal sheeted ceiling and door. It’s said that it was originally built with a dirt floor but and a concrete floor was added later after an inmate tried to escape by digging.

The first prisoner logged in the jail was a gentleman by the name of John Martin who was arrested for disturbing the peace with his drunkenness. He plead guilty and was fined merely a dollar, but two more dollars in legal fees were added on. The last logged prisoner from the jail log was June 22, 1942.

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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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