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White City Jail

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Built: 1911 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Jeff Maddox

In 1907 the first instance of White City’s needs for a jail was published, and again in a 1909 paper. It seemed White City was almost desperate for a lockup to hold those that stepped out of line. By 1911 their prayers had been answered and it was finally time for a jail to be built in White City. Built of cement as a single cell bastile with two barred windows. Some stories depicting the calaboose and its prisoners are included below:

White City Register January 1917 – Marshal Helms had seven men in the calaboose Monday night. Oh no. They hadn’t been behaving unseemingly, they were just poor wayfarers who wanted a place to sleep where the cold wind would not lash them continually. It’s not so easy to be [homeless] in this zero weather.






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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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