While some successfully bootlegged throughout the city, others were not as lucky. Offenders who were found bootlegging or being publicly intoxicated were arrested and taken into custody. Those who were arrested were detained in the Fort Collins city jail, but by the turn of the twentieth century, the jail became over-populated.
The drunk tank itself was constructed sometime between 1917 and 1925. Its original purpose is unknown, but it proved to be valuable to the city of Fort Collins. It served as an outflow cell for non-violent offenders. This structure offered a solution to the over-crowding in the city jail, and also provided separation between mild offenders and hardened criminals. It served its purpose until the end of the city's Prohibition in 1969.
Located at 244 Old Firehouse Alley in Old Town, Fort Collins, the drunk tank still stands as a memorial to the dry years of the city. Today, it looks a little different, as it was painted over and slightly renovated during the late 2000s. Visitors are free to look around. It is also a stop on numerous tours.