From: Dorman Holub
1887 - 1929
This jail was
built in 1887 at a cost of $100,000. The jail was designed to hold
100 prisoners. There was a 'dungeon' cell in the cellar designed to contain
a difficult prisoners or terribly dangerous one.
The cells in
this jail were in the multisided sections, all the cells
in a circle, there was a rotating cage in the middle with one door.
to rotate the door to the cell if they wanted to let a prisoner out or
in. Then rotate it again to let themselves out of the cell block.
It was escape
proof. But prisoners learned to block the cell from turning.
part of the rail
of one of the turntable cell doors is now
the arch over the gate at Loy Lake Park in Denison, the home of Frontier
too much trouble with the turning cell system the cells were torn out and
regular cell's with key openings put in. The mortar was very poor in quality
and by the 1930's prisoners were escaping by removing bricks.
There was a room
for executions by hangin. The room was in one of tower tops and had a trap
door built in.
1st jailer in
this building was M.O. Callahan
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