Old Kootenai County Jail Museum

Old Kootenai County Jail Museum The Jail is a museum with exhibits that are available to the community. We receive visitors from all over and do private tours for groups of all sizes.

See our website for hours. The initial jail was built in 1892. Originally our building consisted of a wooden structure that housed the prisoners. In 1891 four steel cells were ordered from Mason and Curtis of Helena Mt. These cells were ordered in response to a lawsuit brought against the Jail by the city. The lawsuit stated that the jail was insecure and a disgrace to the city due to the conditio

See our website for hours. The initial jail was built in 1892. Originally our building consisted of a wooden structure that housed the prisoners. In 1891 four steel cells were ordered from Mason and Curtis of Helena Mt. These cells were ordered in response to a lawsuit brought against the Jail by the city. The lawsuit stated that the jail was insecure and a disgrace to the city due to the conditio

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos
11/06/2021

Timeline Photos

Thanks again to our awesome volunteers!
11/04/2021

Thanks again to our awesome volunteers!

Thanks again to our awesome volunteers!

11/01/2021

Huge appreciation for all our volunteers and everyone that came out for the haunted house! We had a great time, and hope to see you next year!

Timeline Photos
10/22/2021

Timeline Photos

07/03/2021

We are closed this weekend for the 4th, but will be open regular hours the rest of the summer.

06/25/2021

Jail is open for the summer 12-4 Saturday and Sunday!! If you've not been, or even if you have, come by and see!

Historic Heat Wave!
06/25/2021

Historic Heat Wave!

Historic Heat Wave!

Timeline Photos
01/24/2021

Timeline Photos

Last Saturday for craft fair!Come by for some locally made holiday gifts - open until 4.
12/12/2020

Last Saturday for craft fair!

Come by for some locally made holiday gifts - open until 4.

Last Saturday for craft fair!

Come by for some locally made holiday gifts - open until 4.

Timeline Photos
12/03/2020

Timeline Photos

December newsletter! Thanks to Pauline for putting together some great tips!
12/03/2020

December newsletter! Thanks to Pauline for putting together some great tips!

December newsletter! Thanks to Pauline for putting together some great tips!

Come by for a little locally made Holiday Cheer this weekend!
11/11/2020

Come by for a little locally made Holiday Cheer this weekend!

Come by for a little locally made Holiday Cheer this weekend!

Chief Deputy Sheriff of Kootenai County D. R. Adams Photo:  Rathdrum Tribune, Issue XIV, No. 17, July 31, 1908.
08/29/2020

Chief Deputy Sheriff of Kootenai County D. R. Adams
Photo: Rathdrum Tribune, Issue XIV, No. 17, July 31, 1908.

08/29/2020

Last Chance Until Next Summer!!

Old Kootenai County Jail open this weekend 12-4 Saturday and Sunday.
If you haven't had a chance to come by, please do!!

Slow weekend? Jail's open! Saturday and Sunday, 12-4. Only a couple of weekends left!
08/22/2020

Slow weekend? Jail's open!
Saturday and Sunday, 12-4.
Only a couple of weekends left!

08/15/2020

Jail's open this weekend 12-4 Saturday and Sunday.
Come by if you haven't had a chance yet!

Hot off the Press!!!The hand cranked Chandler and Price printing press in the cell room dates between 1914 and 1925, and...
08/15/2020

Hot off the Press!!!

The hand cranked Chandler and Price printing press in the cell room dates between 1914 and 1925, and is of the type that would have been used to print the weekly edition of the Rathdrum Tribune.

Visitors' area mortar was constantly being repaired due to visitors and inmates trying to chip through three layers of b...
08/08/2020

Visitors' area mortar was constantly being repaired due to visitors and inmates trying to chip through three layers of brick. Come by and see for yourself!

08/08/2020

Visiting hours: Jail's open 12-4 Saturday and Sunday!

Hot?  Jail's open!  12-4 Saturday and Sunday.  And try lemonade, circa 1896:  1 cup sugar1/3 cup lemon juice1 pint water...
08/01/2020

Hot? Jail's open! 12-4 Saturday and Sunday.

And try lemonade, circa 1896:

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 pint water

Make syrup by boiling sugar and water 12 minutes. Add fruit juice, cool, and dilute with ice water to suit individual taste. Syrup may be bottled and kept on hand to use as needed.

From The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook,
Fannie Merritt Farmer, published 1896.

Weekend at jail?  We're open! 12-4 Saturday and Sunday.
07/25/2020

Weekend at jail? We're open!
12-4 Saturday and Sunday.

07/18/2020

We are closed this weekend, but will be open next weekend regular times, Saturday and Sunday 12-4.

We are open this weekend at regular times:  Saturday and Sunday 12-4.  See you then!
07/03/2020

We are open this weekend at regular times: Saturday and Sunday 12-4.
See you then!

June 15th was designated a legal holiday in Idaho by the 11th legislature and proclamation of the governor in 1911, to h...
06/15/2020

June 15th was designated a legal holiday in Idaho by the 11th legislature and proclamation of the governor in 1911, to honor the early settlers of Idaho. It was celebrated as a legal holiday from June 15, 1912 to June 15, 1942, until a 1943 wartime provision reduced the number of legal holidays set by law.

This week in 1920:  By proclamation of Idaho Governor D.W. Davis on June 1, 1920, on the 143rd Anniversary of the adopti...
06/13/2020

This week in 1920:

By proclamation of Idaho Governor D.W. Davis on June 1, 1920, on the 143rd Anniversary of the adoption by Congress of the US flag, June 14 was declared Flag Day.

"It is requested to be observed in all schools by proper exercises, in theatres and elsewhere where people congregate by the playing of the national anthem, 'The Star-Spangled Banner, " and by a general display of the flag upon public and private buildings."
Rathdrum Tribune, June 11, 1920, Vol XXVI, No.2, page 1.

Old Kootenai County Jail Museum's cover photo
06/13/2020

Old Kootenai County Jail Museum's cover photo

Old Kootenai County Jail Museum's cover photo
06/13/2020

Old Kootenai County Jail Museum's cover photo

06/06/2020

Please share with anyone you know who might be interested!

06/06/2020
06/04/2020

Jail is opening this weekend!
We're open 12-4 Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.
Please come by and look around, have a chat with a volunteer!

05/06/2020

May Newsletter is up!
More information to follow when we will be able to open this summer.

05/06/2020

Address

7940 W 2nd St
Rathdrum, ID
83858

Opening Hours

Saturday 12pm - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(208) 625-0014

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The initial jail was built in 1892. Originally our building consisted of a wooden structure that housed the prisoners. In 1891 four steel cells were ordered from Mason and Curtis of Helena Mt. These cells were ordered in response to a lawsuit brought against the Jail by the city. The lawsuit stated that the jail was insecure and a disgrace to the city due to the condition of the building and a large hole in the floor through which a person could escape. Once the cells were finished and installed, a brick building was erected around them to increase security. By 1892 the Kootenai County Jail had been completed. The jail now included a total of eight steel cells, the brick enclosure and the building that stands there today. After the County Seat was moved in 1908 the Jail closed. The building has since been used as library, maintenance shop and at one point was the City Hall. The Jail is now a museum available to the community. We receive visitors from all over throughout the summer and do private tours for groups of all sizes. All of this is possible thanks to our volunteers and members!

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