Skip to Main Content

Union, Nebraska: Tiny Jail

The Union Jail is the size of a garden shed. It was built in 1916, but hasn't had a prisoner since around 1940.

Rock St., Union, NE
Southwest corner of town (it's a tiny town) on the southwest corner of 1st and Rock Sts.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Tiny Jail

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.


Tiny Jail

The Union Jail was built out of concrete in 1916, a one-room jail that measures 12 x 10 feet. In 1926 the original door was removed forcibly in a attempted jailbreak. It was replaced with the door that is still on it today. I'm not sure when the town stopped using the jail (I heard it was in 1940). Union has no current businesses open and has a population of 99 (That's what the sign says). In July, 2006, the jail was put into the National Register of Historic Places.

[Theresa, 06/08/2015]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Where The Steam Wagon Broke DownWhere The Steam Wagon Broke Down, Nebraska City, NE - 9 mi.
Whispering BenchWhispering Bench, Nebraska City, NE - 9 mi.
Kregel Windmill Factory MuseumKregel Windmill Factory Museum, Nebraska City, NE - 10 mi.
In the region:
An Enchanted Arboretum, Nebraska City, NE - 10 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Nebraska Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Pencil Sharpener Museum, Logan, Ohio (Feb 26-Mar 3, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings