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Old Flippin City Jail

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c. 1928. S. 2nd St. at Park St.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Revis Edmonds, photographer)

This tiny jail, measuring a mere 12 × 9 feet, was constructed mainly to deal with the problem of vagrancy caused by men who had arrived on the nearby railroad and were searching for work or food and who sometimes were arrested for public drunkenness or fighting. The jail’s concrete walls and curved roof (to shed rainwater) were formed with wooden-plank molds. Bulges in the facade show where the boards did not quite meet. What appears to be a chimney is actually a vent for the “indoor outhouse.” When the jail became obsolete in the early 1960s after the introduction of revised facility codes, prisoners were sent to the Marion County Jail in Yellville. The building survived because it was too hard to tear down, and now it is preserved as a legacy of Flippin’s history.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Old Flippin City Jail", [Flippin, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 79-79.

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