Leavenworth County Jail (demolished) – Leavenworth KS

City:
Leavenworth, KS

Site Type:
Penal Facilities, Military and Public Safety

New Deal Agencies:
Public Works Administration (PWA), Public Works Funding

Started:
1938

Completed:
1939

Site Survival:
No Longer Extant

Description

Sometimes mis-attributed to the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the former Leavenworth County Jail in Leavenworth, Kansas was constructed as a federal Public Works Administration (PWA) project. The PWA provided an $59,400 grant for the project, whose total cost was $131,362. Construction started in Nov. 1938 and was completed in Dec. 1939.

The building was located on S 3rd Street just north of the current Justice Center and jail, which replaced it in 2000. The New Deal-era jail was demolished in late 2013.

PWA Docket No. Kan. [X]1422.

Source notes

Record Group 135: Public Works Administration; Projects Control Division; Entry 52: Indices to Non-Federal Projects; Report No. 5: Status of All Completed Non-Federal Allotted Projects, page 169.

"Jail demolition begins," Pekin Daily Times, Sept. 4, 2013: https://www.pekintimes.com/story/news/politics/government/2013/09/04/jail-demolition-begins/44298398007/ (accessed Jul. 2023)

Site originally submitted by Evan Kalish on July 24, 2023.

Location Info


503 S 3rd St.
Leavenworth, KS

Location notes: East side of S 3rd St. between Custer St. and Walnut St.

Coordinates: 39.314876, -94.911108

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