Ed Blackburn, the late, retired, newspaperman, would be enjoying Just Visitin, by Joan Upton Hall, the retired English teacher. I know I do. They've both been captivated, if not incarcerated, by our jails.
Her volume is chock-full of about 50 jails across the state which can be visited by tourists especially because they've been converted to modern use by local historical societies, art galleries, jail history fans, bed and breakfast conversions, commercial use, office use, and yes, friends and neighbors, even a residence. Some figure a one among several structures at the same site. Arranged alphabetically by town from
The oldest jail included is the 1854
Before you escape through the book's back door, you'll find several other categories: "Just Waiting" for the structures not open to the public, "Just Pretending" for Selma's Hooter's Bar & Grill, "Jail Residence" for the Benjamin hoosegow, and "Just Abandoned" for, well, derelicts. The following short glossary is technical about construction, locking systems and mechanisms such as the "squint box."
Pick up a pass, and squint at the book. The chapterlettes are alluring.