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This jail structure was build when Cheney became the Spokane County seat in 1880. The jail, at 4th and E [College Ave] was located on the opposite corner from the courthouse.


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This jail structure was build when Cheney became the Spokane County seat in 1880. The jail, at 4th and E [College Ave] was located on the opposite corner from the courthouse.

The jail stayed in use until the City of Cheney built a new city hall and jail in 1890. The structure was purchased by William Sutton who moved it to his farm and used it as a chicken coop. Even after the old building was demolished the old jailhouse door could be found inside the Sutton barn for many years.

A Tale of Two Steals by Joan Mamanakis, 2012. The Spokan Falls versus Cheney County Seat Fight by Ray E. Osterberg, 1981