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Schafer in McKenzie County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Schafer Jail

 
 
The Schafer Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2020
1. The Schafer Jail Marker
Inscription.  The Schafer Jail is of native granite stone and concrete construction. It was completed in 1910, and served McKenzie County for 31 years. It was from this jail that Charles Bannon, the confessed murderer of the six members of the Albert E. Haven Family, was taken by an angry mob and lynched off a bridge 1/2 mile east of the jail on Jan. 29, 1931.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementNotable Buildings.
 
Location. 47° 47.973′ N, 103° 11.184′ W. Marker is in Schafer, North Dakota, in McKenzie County. Marker can be reached from 121st Avenue North West near State Highway 23, on the left when traveling north. The jail is about 1/4 mile south of North Dakota Highway 23 on 121st Avenue North West. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Watford City ND 58854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named The Schafer Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Walter H. Chaloner (approx. 14.2 miles away); Bentonitic Clay (approx. 15.1 miles
The Schafer Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 27, 2020
2. The Schafer Jail and Marker
away); North Dakota Badlands (approx. 15.2 miles away); Long X Cattle Trail (approx. 15.4 miles away); “Cannon Ball” Concretions (approx. 15.6 miles away); The View that Launched a Park (approx. 15.9 miles away); Building From Hard Times (approx. 15.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Schafer Jail, a Mass Murderer, and a Vigilante Lynch Mob. Ghosts of North Dakota entry:
The events of 1930 could be considered a textbook example of “hard times” anywhere in America.... Even so, the residents of the tiny community of Schafer, North Dakota and nearby Watford City found it odd when, in the spring of 1930, the six members of the Haven family stopped showing up in town. (Submitted on December 9, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 9, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 9, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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