TBT - Blue Earth County's Jail

Blue Earth County Jail Circa 1900s
The Blue Earth County Jail was located at 203 South Fifth Street near the Historic Courthouse. The two-story building was built in 1895 and cost $28,000. Inside, the jail had 10 cells with five on each side of a large area called the bullpen. Cells around the bullpen were automatically unlocked from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. so the prisoners could leave their cells to enter the pen. A catwalk surrounded the whole area allowing regular patrol by deputies.
In January 1970, the State Jail Inspector gave the county an ultimatum: build a new jail or face condemnation. A new building was built at Liberty and Front Street. In early 1973, the old Blue Earth County Jail was demolished to provide additional parking for the by the Courthouse across the street.
TBT or Throwback Thursday is done in partnership with KEYC News 12 in Mankato. This segment can be viewed during the noon news on Thursdays.



Dear Ms. Harren, Are there photographs of the interior of the jail - where the jail cells were? The reason I ask is that I was an inmate there, for shoplifting, in March of 1971 or 1972, while I was a student at Mankato State. It would be great to see those cells again, so many years later. My email is gtjane@cox.net Thank you very much, Jane Frost
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