||A Painted Ilasco Jail
|DATE OF ORIGINAL
|DATE OF DIGITAL
||ILASCO, MO - The Ilasco Jail was
constructed of concrete from the cement plant. It remained
unpainted until it was necessary to cover it with paint after it was
vandalized with graffiti in the 1990's.. The Jail was built for an
interesting company town inhabited by many immigrants from eastern and
southern Europe. To keep these hard working men happy, Ilasco at
one time had 8 taverns. Add alcohol to often volatile tempers and
overworked bodies and trouble soon followed. Although originally
all arrestees were supposed to be transported to the county seat in New
London, Mo., this eventually proved impractical and the Ilasco Jail was
constructed in 1909 and went into use on New Year's Day 1910. The
last prisoner was in 1935.
||Hannibal Free Public Library (Hannibal,
||Jails -- Missouri -- Ilasco.
||Company towns -- Missouri -- Ilasco --
||Ilasco (Mo.) -- Public buildings.
||Color photograph, 7" by 5".