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Schell City Jail

Schell City Jail

The Schell City Jail sits on the edge of town, lonely, neglected and forgotten about. With little history documented online, it seems this chapter of Schell City’s history has been shut for...

Sumner Jail

Sumner Jail

The Sumner Jail was dedicated in June 1906 with the first inmate being Frank Pearson, a horse tamer. The new concrete fireproof structure was to replace the previous calaboose which was set on fire...

Triplett Jail

Triplett Jail

The Triplett Jail’s history is elusive, unfortunately, this is the case with many of the tiny jails left in the Midwest. Having documented hundred of these jails throughout Oklahoma, Kansas...

Cuba Jail

Cuba Jail

The Cuba Jail holds a special place in my heart, the look of this calaboose is enough to draw anyone in. Constructed in 1908 the building is a perfect shade of gray and displays Cuba Jail 1908 above...

Dalton Jail

Dalton Jail

While the Dalton Jail may look small to someone who has never seen a calaboose, it is actually on the larger scale of ones documented by us. The sign above the door to the jail says the calaboose was...

Koshkonong Jail

Koshkonong Jail

The Kosh City Jail is typical of a frontier calaboose, a single cell constructed of concrete and tiny windows. Allegedly constructed in 1902 the city got many years of use out of the jail, although...

City Workhouse

City Workhouse

Prison In February of 1895, a new City Workhouse for Kansas City was proposed by Alderman Morgan. But with that marked a new age of public structures. Workhouses were often a source of shame for a...

Imperial Brewing Company

Imperial Brewing Company

Construction/Opening The Imperial Brewing Company Brewery was quite an incredible complex. Architect and contractor Ludwig D. Breitag started construction in the summer of 1901. These buildings...

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