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Museum Sued For Stealing Jail

This jail was stolen straight from Greenhorn, Oregon, by a bunch of drunks from the next town over in the 1960s.

This jail was stolen straight from Greenhorn, Oregon, by a bunch of drunks from the next town over in the 1960s.

Friday, May 21, 2010 1:46 GMT

CANYON CITY, Ore. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – People usually want to avoid jail, not steal it.

That’s the claim to fame of the Grant County Historical Museum in Canyon City, Oregon, which was once sued by a neighboring county for stealing their old jail.

Curator Jayne Primrose says that back in the 1960s, a few prominent men from Canyon City got drunk and decided to carry away the small, two-room jail with a large crane from the town of Greenhorn, Oregon.

They stole the slammer because it was no longer in use and falling to shambles and placed it by the museum, where it’s been ever since.

Other outlaw attractions in the museum include the skulls of Barry Way and William Cain, the first two men hanged in Canyon City.

As a result of the display, Primrose says a visitor once accused the museum of being politically incorrect, which doesn’t bother her all that much anyway.

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