Day 126

The old town jail

July 31st, 2010

I wonder how many of my vagrant predecessors have been incarcerated here?


  1. Bruce says:

    This looks like it’s from a movie set. Amazing what’s still standing out there.

  2. TJ says:

    But you’re not a vagrant … you know right where you’re going! And “Matt has a Posse”!!

  3. Terry and Janice from Missoula, Mt says:

    Missoula County built 3 of these, identical in construction, in Thompson Falls, St. Regis, and this one in Horse Plains. This is the only one remaining. They were used for holding prisoners pending transport to the County Seat or for short sentences handed down by the local Justice of the Peace. Missoula County was later split into Missoula, Mineral, Sanders and Lake Counties.

  4. Gigi says:

    The jail building and the Pink fire hydrant are so cool!

  5. Karen Too says:

    The jail was built to last, and must have been built all by hand (in 1904). Each rock had to found, carried there, and so on. Look at the iron work on the door, and window. I can imagine how sweltering hot it must get in there during the summer.

    Love the birdhouse to the right. Nice touch.

  6. J e f f says:

    um 312 what is the prize for the correct guess????

  7. Candice in Alabama says:

    What a wonderful structure! Built in 1904. Look at that door!

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      P.S. Where Walter Brennan with the dynamite?

      Joe Danby: Pa, you always told me there wasn’t a jail been built that could hold a Danby.
      Pa Danby: Well, now they’ve built one!
      Joe Danby: Aww.
      Pa Danby: You’ll have to stay here for a couple of days.
      Joe Danby: But we run this town.
      Pa Danby: I gotta throw in with that sheriff that you don’t exactly dazzle nobody with your intelligence.

  8. John says:

    This um fire-hydrant, there in case that stone structure burns?

  9. Barbara Kiviat says:

    I don’t know. Do you wonder that?

  10. Don in Tennessee says:

    This is a neat photo.

    Just this week i was at the MUSUEM OF APPALACHIA in Norris, TN off of I-75. They have 2 old steel jail cells from the late 1700’s on display along with a cabin used by Mark Twain’s family and a cabin used by Davy Crockett. It is an amazing place with many artifacts from early days of TN.

    If you get a chance to visit do so and be prepared to take a full day to visit.,1

    • Candice in Alabama says:

      Don, Thanks for posting this – If I can ever get up to Tennessee again – I’ll check it out! Looks very interesting.

  11. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    It’s cute, quaint and glad I’m not in it.

    Built to last. They just don’t make things like they used to. The history and stories behind things like this.

  12. LILA says:

    That fire hydrant has boobie tassles.

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