The Old Jail

The Old Jail (HMJU3)

Location: Sidney, OH 45365 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 17.055', W 84° 9.291'

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The old jail, actually the county's fourth, was completed in 1875 at a cost of $38,600. The Victorian Italianate design made it a distinctive structure. The front facade is composed of 2,000 pound limestone blocks. The jail housed inmates and also served as the residence for the sheriff and his family. Controversial jail escapes occurred here in 1920, 1922, 1923 and 1930. Don Purkepyle shot and killed his wife inside the jail in 1895.

The jail was closed after a new facility was completed on Gearhart Road in 1994.
HM NumberHMJU3
Year Placed2008
Placed BySidney County Historical Society, Sidney Visitors Bureau and Sprint
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 3:19am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 741867 N 4463191
Decimal Degrees40.28425000, -84.15485000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 17.055', W 84° 9.291'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 17' 3.30" N, 84° 9' 17.46" W
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Area Code(s)937
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-298 S Main Ave, Sidney OH 45365, US
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