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1890. East side of U.S. 95 near the Nevada-Oregon border and next to the post office
  • (Photograph by Julie Nicoletta)

Situated close to the main road through McDermitt, the old jail holds a prominent place in the town. The stone building has a single entrance through the west facade. An iron door that bolts into the door frame provides access to the one-room interior, which contains a single iron cell. One window on the north side of the jail, covered with an iron grate, allows some light inside. This small structure was possibly built by Italian stonemasons from Paradise Valley, as the stonework is similar to that of buildings there. Today the building stands as a reminder of the past and a curiosity for passersby.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Jail", [, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 143-143.

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