The Old Jail
Constructed in 1909 to serve as a branch to the County jail, the Old Jail of Bisbee would consistently overflow on the weekends with rowdy drunks that visited the saloons of the city. The peak of this overflowing jail was in and just after 1915. Not long after these days, a detention center was constructed nearby in the county, thus emptying the jail. It is rumored that legendary Hollywood star, John Wayne, was part owner of the building at one time. It now serves as an Inn.
Backstory and Context
A few years later the county constructed a detention center in the county, near Bisbee. This new center emptied the Old Jail, to the point that the city stopped using the building. For a number of decades the jail sat empty. In 1988 it was converted to an Inn. Where there is a kitchenette was the "drunk tank." The jail bars still decorate the windows, casting shadows into these new living quarters. The cell serving the Solitary Confinement section of the jail is now a bathroom. It is said that like most of Bisbee's historic structures, the Old Jail is supposedly haunted.