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grand valley school

Grand Valley School

Driving down a dirt or gravel road, a wheat field on one side, cornfield on the other and prairie grass for miles ahead. Inevitably if you drive long enough you’re bound to come across a few...

furley bank vault

Furley Bank Vault

The small town of Furley Kansas was sitting at a population of 200 in 1911. Gene Merrill felt the city was in need of a bank and decided to be the head organizer for an institution. With help from...

Arlington School

Arlington School

During the school election of April 1911, a new school building was discussed and decided this is a need that needed to be addressed soon. The nearby towns of Sylvia, Turon and Pretty Prairie had all...

fairview jail

Fairview Jail

In 1917, Fairview had a new city jail. This came as a surprise to some residents being as the town was usually pretty quiet and somber when it came to criminal activity. A single cell cage was built...

St. Johns Hospital - Salina

St. Johns Hospital – Salina

The idea for the St. Johns Salina Hospital was pitched by Rev. Father Maher of the Sisters of St. Joseph who then brought the idea to other non-Catholic citizens of Salina who agreed there was a need...

white city jail

White City Jail

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...

bison jail

Bison Jail

In April of 1913, the City of Bison came to the decision that the erection of a jail for the growing city was in order. John Butler was the lucky man to receive the contract for building the jail. By...

mclouth jail

McLouth Jail

According to government insurance maps and newspapers, the McLouth Jail was constructed sometime between 1913 and 1921. It is a barrel roof concrete structure with a cell on each end with a barred...

sawyer jail

Sawyer Jail

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...

tescott jail

Tescott Jail

The Tescott Jail was made in 1914 by the popular jail company E.T. Barnum. It is a single steel cell with one pull-down bed. The city of Tescott listed in its end-of-year disbursements $132.13 for...

buhler jail

Buhler Jail

On November 27, 1913, The Buhler Herald reported that at a city council meeting on November 21st a decision had been made to start work on a city jail for Buhler. The jail that was then completed in...

luray jail

Luray Jail

The Luray jail cell was manufactured by E.T. Barnum Iron Works a reputable jail company in the frontier days. It is a single cell made of strap iron with two pull-down beds. The cell while unsure...

minneola jail

Minneola Jail

The Minneola jail cells were ordered and delivered in June 1915 via telegraph after a local committee was appointed to do just that. Two fused together steel cages with pull-down beds were delivered...

Minneapolis Jail

Minneapolis Jail

The cage cell that sits next to the Delphos Museum in Delphos Kansas is actually not from Delphos but the nearby town of Minneapolis. While Delphos used to have its own small jail that was abandoned...

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