Boswell, Oklahoma: Old Boswell City Jail

Grim concrete box with rusty iron bars was the town jail from 1906 to 1965.
Address:
626 Hunter Rd, Boswell, OK
Directions:
Downtown, behind the current Boswell Police Department. Accessible via a dirt road off of 7th St. midway between Hunter Rd and Main St.
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Boswell City Jail.

Old Boswell City Jail

The City Jail is unique in Boswell in terms of type and materials. Featuring original bunks and barred windows, it was in use until 1965. It is equally unique as a WPA project in that the agency did not often sponsor jails, especially of the non-progressive variety. The building suggests the primitive character of penal facilities in 1930s southeastern Oklahoma.

[Amy Boyd, 10/24/2020]

According to a plaque on the jail, it was built in 1906, long before the 1930s WPA -- but maybe they added more bars or an extra layer of concrete.


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