The Iron Jail is undeniably the worst place to be
on a hot summer day in Knights Ferry.
Sitting in the weeds and grass, amidst a few trees
offering little or no shade, this old hoosegow
is said to have originally been a powderhouse from
Oakdale. The jail saw its most use shortly
after the turn of the century, when the Goodwin
Diverting Dam above Knights Ferry was under
construction. The dam workers often headed into
town on Friday and Saturday nights, and were
sometimes guilty of disturbing the peace. When
this happened, the offenders got to spend the
night on one of the bunks in the jailís four
cells; usually being released after sobering up.
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