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Boonville, Missouri: Old Jail

The longest continuously-used county jail in Missouri (1848-1978). Out back, the "Hanging Barn" was the site of Missouri's last official public hanging (1930). It was destroyed by a falling tree on April 5, 2023.

614 E. Morgan St., Boonville, MO
Downtown. From US-40/Main St. turn east at the stoplight onto E. Morgan St. Drive one block, go through the stop sign, and you'll see the Jail on the right.
Tours $5
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Old 1848 Jail.

Old 1848 Jail and Hanging Barn

In the historic district of Boonville sits the longest continuously-used county jail in Missouri (1848-1978). Learn the interesting history of the facility. Frank James spent a little time confined here.

[Gan Nunnally, 08/20/2020]

The jail was built by enslaved men and originally held enslaved people awaiting sale. The barn behind the jail was the site of Missouri's last official public hanging, in 1930.

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