Haswell, Colorado: Nation's Smallest Jail

Built in 1921, the Haswell Jail could hold four prisoners. Its "Nation's Smallest Jail" sign is nearly as big as the jail itself.
3rd St., Haswell, CO
On the south side of 3rd St. a half-block west of Main St. The shed-like white building would be unrecognizable as a lock-up if not for its "Nation's Smallest Jail" sign.
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Nation's Smallest Jail.

Haswell Jail

The smallest jail in the United States.

[Jc, 11/27/2016]

The Haswell Jail was built in 1921 and was used until the 1940s. It's 14x16 feet, with a maximum capacity of four prisoners. Its claim to be the "Nation's Smallest Jail" is debatable, but we give the town credit for putting up a big sign making the claim.

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