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Laborers pose in front of the current Warren County jail, while it was under construction in the winter of 1915–16. The original sheriff’s home, without bars, can be seen being incorporated under its roof on the right side of the image. (Photo courtesy of Tony Cook)

Outdated jails have plagued Warren County for generations

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The 1882 jail was fronted by a Second Empire-style sheriff’s residence at the southeast corner of A Street and Archer. That building was incorporated into the 1916 jail.
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Photographs of the 1882 jail are rare. This 1897 view from the courthouse tower shows the rooftop of the jailer’s residence at lower left and a chimney to a heating plant that was built in 1894 at lower right.
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