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Oakley in Cassia County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Cassia County Jail

 
 
Cassia County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 7, 2019
1. Cassia County Jail Marker
Inscription.  
Original Cassia County Jail cells where Diamondfield Jack was held in Albion from March 1897 to February 1899.
The jail was moved to Oakley after the jail here burned.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement.
 
Location. 42° 14.545′ N, 113° 53.057′ W. Marker is in Oakley, Idaho, in Cassia County. Marker is on Blaine Avenue near West Main 2000 South, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakley ID 83346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oakley Tabernacle (a few steps from this marker); City of Rocks (approx. 2.2 miles away); A Pleasant Place (approx. 15.1 miles away); California Trail -- Silent City of Rocks (approx. 15.2 miles away); Distant Views (approx. 15.3 miles away); Fading Away (approx. 15.3 miles away); Pinnacle Pass (approx. 15.6 miles away); California Trail -- Pinnacle Pass (approx. 16.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakley.
 
More about this marker. The jail cells are in Oakley City Park.
 
Also see . . .  Diamondfield Jack -- Albion Historical Society.
Cassia County Jail cells image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 7, 2019
2. Cassia County Jail cells
In 1895, Diamondfield Jack began working for the Sparks-Harrell cattle company of southern Idaho and northern Nevada. He was paid $50 a month to keep sheepherders off of what was considered cattle territory. The company instructed him to “…keep the sheep back. Don’t kill but shoot to wound if necessary. Use what measures you think best. If you have to kill, the company will stand behind you – regardless what happens.” Do you think they did? (Submitted on August 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Diamonfield Jack image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
3. Diamonfield Jack
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 92 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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