1912 Jail

1912 Jail
325 Amb Thompson Blvd
Las Animas, CO 81054


The unique Bent County jail was built in 1912 at a cost of $8,478.00. It is located north of the Bent Co. Courthouse on Highway 50. The downstairs contained the residential quarters for the sheriff and family. A separate entrance led to the jail proper located on the second floor. Curtis Gates, aka Ken Curtis and Festus of the popular TV series Gunsmoke, was among the many who lived in the jail. Curtis grew up in Bent Co and his father, Dan Gates, was sheriff for six years.

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