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Bent County 1912 Jail

The impressive two-story Bent County Jail was built of brick and sandstone in 1902 at a cost of $8,478 and served as the county jail until 2000. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Neo-Classical Revival structure lies just north of the 1887-88 courthouse. The downstairs contained the residential quarters for the sheriff and family. A separate entrance led to the jail, which was located on the second floor. Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis and "Festus" of the popular 1960-70s TV series "Gunsmoke," lived in the jail as a child. Curtis's father, Dan Gates, was sheriff for six years.

325 Ambassador Thompson Blvd. (US Hwy 50)
Las AnimasCO  81054
(719) 456-1600

Hours of Operation
Currently closed for renovations.
It is located in Las Animas directly on the south side of US Highway 50 (Amb. Thompson Blvd.) where Hwy 50 takes a sharp turn to overlay with Bent Avenue.
Visitor Services
No visitor services available at this site
National Register Individual Listing
Travel Tips
The magnificent Bent County Courthouse is located directly south of the jail on Carson Ave. Both are visible from the highway.
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