Boswell City Jail – Boswell

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Address:  Vicinity of 7th and Hunter Streets, Boswell, Oklahoma 040, Choctaw County 023 County:  Choctaw
Started:  1937 Completed:  1939

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Description:

A single story, rectangular (15′ x 9′) structure, the Boswell City Jail is constructed of poured concrete. The roof, also of concrete, is shed-like in style. Fashioned from steel straps, the doors of both cells open directly to the outside. Each cell also contains two small window openings covered with steel bars. In appearance the jail has the style of an elaborate horse barn.
The City Jail is unique in Boswell in terms of type and materials. 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 rather primitive character of penal facilities in the 1930s in southeastern Oklahoma. Also the building did provide work opportunities for destitute laborers who had been without jobs for over a year.

VERBAL BOUNDARY DESCRIPTION: The north 25 feet of Lot 24, Block 40, Boswell City original

Sources:

  1. Oklahoma Landmarks Inventory Nomination

Supported Documents:

  1. WPA Properties Choctaw County – Boswell City Jail

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