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Iroquois in Iroquois County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Village of Iroquois Calaboose

The Bunkum Jail

 
 
The Village of Iroquois Calaboose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 11, 2016
1. The Village of Iroquois Calaboose Marker
Inscription. Built in Nov. 1881, according to history, the jail was built because a second saloon was coming to “Bunkum”. The town fathers decided a “cooler” was needed for “wicked people who came from other places to disturb the peace”. The following month it was said “nobody has tried the calaboose yet. We think it is a very unnecessary arrangement, unless it is used for an ornament.”

Village board in 1881 David Ely, President E. Simpson, village clerk Andrew Tyler James Karr Henry Getchel Wm. Tolbert John Salkeld village board in 1993 Jack Karr, Mayor Ed Armold, village clerk Katherine Fry, treasurer Dean Williamson Charles Wessels Mel Obenland Les Regnier Sonny Beckman Bob Danials the jail was moved from Lincoln St. to Dunning Park, Sept. 1993 by Butch Garrets & Company of Buckley, Illinois donors (list of 29 names, persons and businesses)
 
Erected 1993.
 
Location. 40° 49.658′ N, 87° 34.882′ W. Marker is in Iroquois, Illinois, in Iroquois County. Marker is on North Main Street (U.S. 52) near East Lincoln Avenue (County Route 2150N), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Dunning Park. Marker is in this post office area: Iroquois IL 60945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.

The Village of Iroquois Calaboose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 11, 2016
2. The Village of Iroquois Calaboose Marker
Full view of marker
At least 7 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Concord Township (a few steps from this marker); Gurdon S. Hubbard Trading Post (approx. 0.7 miles away); State Line Survey (approx. 4.9 miles away in Indiana but has been reported missing); Civil War Memorial (approx. 8.2 miles away in Indiana); Milford Illinois War Memorial (approx. 15 miles away); Rodney F. Reeves 1958 - 1981 (approx. 15.1 miles away); Origin of Milford (Illinois) (approx. 15.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Village of Iroquois Calaboose image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 11, 2016
3. The Village of Iroquois Calaboose
The jail, with the marker to the right
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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