Okeechobee's 1st Jail Demolished

Real Estate Broker/Owner with William Raveis 3333563

Okeechobee County's first jail built in the early 1900's located at 300 N.W. 2nd Ave., Okeechobee Florida could not be saved.  Due to structural issues, this historic land mark began its demolition this week.  As I drove past yesterday, my heart sank as I witnessed the "old jail" coming down.  I could only think of the stories or better yet the books that could have been written from all the events this tiny jail witnessed.  Thoughts of cattle rustlers, cheating gamblers, bank robbers and other Clint Eastwood and John Wayne movies flashed through my mind.  The contractors have saved most of the original bricks and will use them in another new beautification project in the future.  I have attached photos, the 2nd story cell is very visible with solid steel and the old bars.  Okeechobee's next historic project is the train depot, don't let the opportunity to help this project fail, contact and join Okeechobee's Main Street for more information and how you can help.


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Stephen Jara

Senior Vice President

William Raveis Real Estate

(561) 436-1000



Comments (1)

Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Awww. That's too bad. Sad when the old buildings go.... but we have so many crooks now we need cattle cars to house them.

Apr 04, 2009 01:49 PM