The first jail was built in 1847 on the north side of the courthouse (old town). In December of 1846 the County Court ordered Sheriff John Price to make out and submit to the court by the following January a plan for constructing the jail. Price submitted the plans he was ordered to make and they were approved.
1867 Courthouse and Jail Johnson County, MO
The jail was to built twenty feet beyond the northwest corner of the Courthouse yard and about halfway between the north line of the Court House yard and Gay Street. Price was later ordered to have a kitchen and privy added to the plans. The building was a two-story brick structure. As with all buildings there were upkeep problems. In 1852 Sheriff Benjamin Grover was ordered to clean and repair the jail.
1850's Old Town Square, Warrensburg, MO
By 1867 the jail was declared unfit. The people wanted one made of stone because some of the prisoners were removing bricks to escape. The cell door was of wood covered inside by iron. Once an escape made by heating and melting the iron enough to make a hole and to get out.
The Old Courthouse (1838-1871) still stands, carefully restored, in its original location on Main Street. The period courtroom and upstairs offices pay tribute to the brave pioneers who built it. The Trial of Old Drum, where George Graham Vest’s Eulogy on the Dog was delivered, took place in this courthouse in 1870.
In 1845 the sheriff was given an office in the courthouse called the Grand Jury Room.
In October 1869 the Sheriff's office was moved out of the courthouse to some apartments on Holden Street and in 1870 the sheriff's office as in the Empire Hall. Empire Hall Link The Old Jail was taken over during the Civil War as Union Quarters. By 1881, the original jail is a residence.
Actually the first jail was as the story goes was a wagon. Two men were accused of a crime and placed under an upturned double wagon bed with two guards to sit on the bed. The criminals would soon get thirsty and agreed to pay for a gallon of whisky if the guards would go and buy it, which they agreed to. It was supposed that that the guards imbibed a little too freely before reaching their prisoners. As any rate the next morning the sheriff on turning his jail up right, found the two guards there, still drunk and the "jail birds" had flown.
When Henry (Hagan) Russell was
The Old Jail is the Middle Section of these buildings. Johnson County, Missouri
Henry was the father of Winfrey and Hawley Russell who started Russell Brothers (Clothing) Stores. (1915-1985)
1901 Wooden Jail House in Columbus Missouri is set on fire by two prisoners. Columbus Missouri Jail House Fire and Deaths