JULY, 2021 - Exciting things are happening at the old Cedar County Jail/Museum. The old Cedar County jail in Tipton, Iowa is the official Museum for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association. Two movie makers have used the old jail as a setting for some of the scenes in the movies recently that they are making.

The most recent movie to be filmed in part at the Old Jail/Museum is a movie entitled “Charcoal Skies” The film crew spent the entire day on Wednesday, June 9. filming in the cell area of the old jail. Charcoal Sky is the story of a reclusive, artistic 11-year-old boy who ventured from the solace of his bedroom, only to experience more than he bargained for. Locations in Tipton and Cedar Rapids were used in this fictional story, and its scenes at the old jail portray the downward spiral of a key characters unwanted incarceration.

Locations manager and producer John Busbee said that working in Tipton was refreshing. The Tipton Police Department supplied some equipment that was used in the filming at the old jail and food and drinks were purchased at the local grocery store. Most of the production crew was present during the filming and the actors that were involved with the scenes in the jail were also present. Keith Whitlatch, Cedar County Sheriff, retired and president of the organization that operates the jail as a Museum, opened the doors at 7 AM and the last person walked out at 8 PM in the evening. It was an especially nice day when they were in Tipton, and the makeup crew set up outside in the yard under a shade tree, which is also where the cast and crew ate their lunch

 The next day, and several days later, they continued filming the story in various locations in Cedar Rapids. They spent several days at places in New Bohemian Village. They have completed all other filming and now they will edit and put the film together. This is a full-length film that runs approximately 90 minutes and will probably premier in the spring of 2020, at a location undetermined at this point.

The other movie that is being filmed partially at the old jail and the various locations within Cedar County, is called “Terror On Highway 74.” Highway 74 was the name and number for the Highway that started in Tipton, and end up in Davenport. This is a true story that is being done as a documentary and is produced, directed and filmed by Stephen Folkers. Stephen Folkers is an award-winning filmmaker. He has won nearly a dozen awards for his work. But he doesn’t have the cast or crew to work with

that was available for “Charcoal Skies”. This project has been ongoing for better than a year.

The documentary centers around the story of the only Cedar County law officer to die in the line of duty. The Robert Sproat story is presented in a historical documentary of the tragedy Friday, August 8, 1930. The story has its beginning in Davenport, when three men robbed the Lage Drugstore stealing $15. The Davenport Police Department called Cedar County Sheriff, C.H. Elwood and told him that three men had robbed a store in Davenport and are headed in the direction of Tipton, driving an Essex sedan.

Sheriff Elwood then called for help. He asked Tipton Constable John Carey and Robert G Sproat, a member of the local vigilantes and also a grocer, whose business was immediately across the street from the Sheriff’s office, to assist him. Vigilantes in the 30s were what we would refer to today as reserve deputies. Although he had his regular job operating the grocery store, Robert and other members of his group were available to assist the Sheriff whenever he needed help. Robert Sproat was a veteran of the Spanish-American war, a member of the Tipton fire Department, a member of the Tipton Lions Club and was an excellent hunter. He was well versed in the use of guns

Sheriff Elwood along with Constable Carey and special deputy Sproat headed East on Primary Rd. 74. Today, this road is Highway 130 and starts at Tipton at the intersection with Highway 38 and runs all the way to Davenport, where it meets Interstate 80. In 1930 this road was not paved, but would’ve had some gravel on it. Sheriff Elwood and his two officers met the car approximately 4 miles east of Tipton, answering the description provided by the Davenport Police Department. They then turned around and followed the suspect’s car signaling them to stop, which they did. The Sheriff’s car had no markings on it to identify it as a police car, and the three officers were dressed in ordinary clothing, so there’s really no indication to the three that had robbed the drugstore that they were being stopped by officers of the law.

 Sheriff Elwood was driving. Sproat and Carey approached the suspect’s vehicle with guns in hand. The suspects in the car were Roy Mercer driving, his brother John Mercer, and Wayne Kile. All three of the men got out of their car. Roy Mercer tried to shoot Constable Carey, but his gun did not go off. Sproat had a shotgun that for some reason was not loaded. John Mercer fired at deputy Sproat with his 45 automatic pistol and fatally shot him. Sproat fell in the ditch and died shortly thereafter.

The three robbers jumped into their car and sped away at a high rate of speed, heading west towards Tipton. In Tipton, they came to Highway 38, a major highway in Eastern Iowa starting in Muscatine and running north through several counties. At Highway 38 they turned North, continuing North for approximately 4 miles, paralleling the railroad  and came to a whistle stop on  the  railroad that was called  Wald Station . Here they turned east on a road that was probably dirt and approximately a half mile down this road. Roy Mercer lost control of the car and they ran into the ditch.

There was a farmer working along the road by the name of Robert Moore. Kile was slightly injured when the car went into the ditch. The Mercers asked Robert Moore if he would take his car and drive them to a hospital. The closest hospital from that point would have been in Cedar Rapids northwest of the farm. After getting in the Moore car, John Mercer pointed his gun at Robert Moore, and ordered him to drive in the opposite direction, north and east towards Dubuque. By this time, there were officers out at roadblocks on key roads in the area, but they were looking for an Essex car with three people, not a car with four people. The killers were able to cross the Mississippi River into East Dubuque without being stopped.

Here the two Mercer brothers and Wayne Kile got out of the car and went on their way. They gave Robert Moore some money to buy gas with and told him not to talk to anyone for an hour, which he complied with. Between Cedar County and Dubuque, the men had ordered Robert Moore to stop at a roadside park where they got out and threw away some papers. Robert Moore later told authorities about this and when they found the papers they found a home address for Wayne Kile in Ohio. The two Mercer brothers separated but both stayed out in the West.

Cedar County authorities did not know what happened to either Roy Mercer or John Mercer. In fact, when I was Sheriff from 1977 to 2000. I did not realize that Roy Mercer had committed suicide in Redding, California on April 20, 1934. However we were not actively looking for him. Six years later, John Mercer was located in California and arrested. Initially he was not arrested for the murder of Robert Sproat, but rather because he had taken a radio from a lady to be repaired and never returned it. The lady reported this to the authorities out there and showed them where they could find him. When they ran a check on him .after arresting him for the stolen radio they found he was wanted for murder in Iowa.

 He was returned to Iowa and held at the reformatory in Anamosa for safekeeping as they did not feel he would be safe in the Cedar County jail. Robert Sproat was a popular man in the community, and there was a lot of anger directed at Mercer. Mercer did spend one or two days in the old Cedar County jail ,and one of the ironies in life is the fact that the house Sproat lived in was west across the street from the jail, and he could have seen it out of the west  jail house window. Mercer pled guilty and was sentenced to death by hanging. He was taken to the penitentiary at Fort Madison by the new Sheriff, WW, Christian. On January 24, 1938, along with a man by the name of Allen Wheaton from Council Bluffs, who was found guilty for shooting a gas station attendant. John Mercer was the last man to be executed from Cedar County before capital punishment was abolished in Iowa

Wayne Kile was sentenced to life imprisonment at Fort Madison penitentiary. In 1971. His sentence was commuted by the Iowa governor. After he was released he didn’t live long, because later in 1971 he died of a heart attack. He was buried in Hartville Ohio, his home. None of Mercer’s family showed up to claim his body, so a  Quaker lady by the name of Mrs. Ida Chamness, from  the West Branch area claimed his  body and he was buried on her farm, east of West Branch. His body was moved at least once from the initial burial plot when the road was widened. I had occasion to visit with the current landowners and they showed me where the grave is. It has a gravestone on it that reads John Mercer, 1908- 1938,” At Home”. The grave has four posts on each corner, and is protected with two strands of barb wire.

I have had the privilege of working with Stephen Folker on much of the production and I can tell you it will be an interesting and accurate portrayal of the murder of Robert Sproat. Recently, Stephen Folker has been doing some reenactments of some of the key elements of this story. On Tuesday, July 13 they filmed the shooting on a gravel road, north of Tipton. State road 74, now Highway 130 is now paved so it wouldn’t be the right setting for reenactment The road chosen for the reenactment is a gravel road, 175th St. that runs east and west at Wald towards the Red Oak Church. If you remember several paragraphs above the three robbers, turned killers had turned east off of Highway 38 onto what is now 175th St.

More filming continues on this story, it should be wrapped up within a month and then the process of editing it and putting it together begins. Stephen Folker has a target date for completion of fall 2021, but I think that is an ambitious schedule. More realistic would be spring of 2022. As Sheriff of Cedar County from 1977 to 2000, I know of this story, but now that I am retired and head overseer of the old Cedar County Jail/Museum, I have  come  to know the story  well. We have located where we feel is the location of the shooting is, and in the near future. I will be getting authorization from the Iowa Department of Transportation to place a marker along the road where Robert Sproat was murdered. I will try to provide updates and little tidbits about this project as time goes on. Remember the name of a movie, “Terror on Highway 74”and also the first movie mentioned “Charcoal Skies.”

For further information on either of the above movies, or anything reference the old Cedar County Jail/Museum you may contact me, Keith L Whitlatch, Cedar County Sheriff, retired. 319-329-1785 or kwhitl1601@Gmail.com

JANUARY, 2020 - What do you do on a nice snowy night in January?

Now that my Dragon is working tonight I have some exciting news for all you. The old Cedar County jail/Museum has obtained a liquor license from the State of Iowa and we have teamed up with the Buchanan House Winery and we will be selling two of their most popular brands of wine, Buggy Ride and lazy afternoon. This is a project that one of our board members noticed being done at the squirrel cage old jail Museum in Pottawattamie County. We will make a little bit of money on each bottle we sell, which will help us take care of the old jail but most importantly will be the exposure that we make on the project. Each bottle has a picture of the old jail and the house with the old water tower in the background. As some of you know the old water tower no longer exists, so that in itself can make this a possible collector’s item. If you are looking for a unique gift, look no farther.

The wine is made at the Buchanan House Winery, and the winery is named after the historic Buchanan house that was a landmark for many, many years on Garfield Ave., South Mechanicsville. The house is so named because the gentleman that built it was Alex Buchanan. Several years ago the house was moved to a hilly area southeast of the old village of Buchanan. So it there is a double connection to the name Buchanan. And of course the head winemaker is Randy Weaver part of a long line of Weavers in Cedar County. They have added a neat little room addition to the house, I guess maybe you could call it a wine bar where you can go out and enjoy yourself, sample the wines, buy some for yourself and have an all-around good time. They occasionally have live music out there. This is all overseen by another Weaver, Malory Weaver.

When we were trying to decide if we wanted to sell wine at the old jail, we were strongly considering the Buchanan House Winery to team up with. For the past three years when we have had activities at the old Cedar County Jail/Museum in late fall or early winter, such as the annual Tour of Lights we had someone come in from the winery for wine tasting. So once the decedent was made that we would like to try selling some wine at the old jail, it was an easy decision to make, to team up with the Buchanan House Winery. It’s kind of an interesting twist, selling wine out of the old jail, because some of the residents that resided in the jail on brief periods of time, sometimes overnight, was there because of drinking too much wine. As former Cedar County Sheriff I could name a few but I will not go into that. The picture on the wine bottles is similar to the picture on the puzzles that we are selling at the old jail/Museum that have been popular for many years. This picture also shows the old water tower in the background.

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle of this wine with the unique label, the price is $15 a bottle and it can be done so at the old Jail/Museum or you can contact myself or one of the board members. If you wish to purchase a bottle (we will not be selling it off premises,) but if you buy enough, we might possibly deliver it to you. The Old Cedar County jail/Museum is open for viewing and tours once a month, on the first Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 2 PM. And is open for special tours upon request. We have different members of our board that volunteer to have the jail open on the first Saturday of each month. The first Saturday in February is February 1 and the old Sheriff from Shiloh will be there that day so you can come down and visit with me and buy yourself a bottle or two of wine. I think this would make a very interesting Valentine’s day gift for your sweetheart. As I mentioned the two brands of wine we will be selling are Buggy Ride and the other is Lazy Afternoon. So you can take your sweetheart and go for a buggy ride on a lazy afternoon. However I would not suggest you do that in February on Valentine’s Day. Out at the bar at the Buchanan house Winery is a beautiful two seated buggy on display setting outside underneath the overhang. Malory says that belongs to her mother Linda, and so far Linda has not agreed to have anyone hitch a horse to it. Now I personally think that I have the perfect horse, my black horse Sparky would look great between the shaves on that buggy.

As I sit here talking to you tonight, the weather is not really fit for man or beast to be outside. In fact I put on a shorter post earlier on here that I have let my four horses into the barn tonight. First time all fall or winter. And this reminds me that the annual meeting we were going to hold last Wednesday night at the Mill Creek Café in Clarence was postponed due to the ice that night. It is been rescheduled for this upcoming Wednesday night, February 22, 2020 at 6 PM. If you did not have reservations for last Wednesday night, but have decided you might like to attend this coming week, please let me know. Cost of the meal is $12 and I must have your reservation by 5 AM Monday morning of the 20th.

As you can see, we keep trying different projects to raise awareness about our old Cedar County Jail/Museum which is the official Museum for the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association for the entire State of Iowa. As I mentioned above the profits made on sales of this wine will be put back into the operating expenses and the improvements on the old jail and the house. if you are interested in helping with this project, financially or labor, please contact me or one of our board members. We are always looking for someone willing to open the jail up for the four hours on the first Saturday of each month, and we are looking for help for other projects around facility such as pulling weeds out of the flowerbeds, trimming the bridal wreath and similar like projects.

We are currently in the process of working on a documentary that will center around the old jail and the murder of Robert Sproat, vigilante/deputy Sheriff, the only officer killed in the line of duty in Cedar County. That movie is ongoing and hopefully will be done by next summer. Just this past week I have had an inquiry from a person that might be interested in using the old jail as a site for shooting part of a movie. Good things are happening. During the past 15 years we have had parts of several movies that utilized the old jail as a setting. One of the more popular ones was “Zadar, the Cow from Hell” not of Academy Award caliber, but an interesting little piece of entertainment.

If you are interested in purchasing a bottle of wine or helping in any manner at the old jail/Museum, you may contact me on here or call me at 319-329-1785 and my Facebook address is kwhitl1601@gmail.com. Have a good evening stay warm.

April, 2019 - Tipton Weekend

One year, while I was a student at UC Berkeley, my father sent me some spending money and a one-way plane ticket to Madison, Wisconsin. The idea was that I would fly to Madison, pick up a brand new Cadillac my father had ordered from his friend who owned a dealership there, and drive it to California. I was met at the airport with the car and began my journey across the country.

All was going according to plan until around midnight on Friday when I was stopped for speeding near Tipton, Iowa. The deputy said I could continue merrily on my way if I paid him cash and forfeited bail. The amount he wanted would have wiped me out. I asked him how much the actual fine would be and he said only the judge could decide. When I asked if I could see the judge he said "Sure you can, in the morning. In the meantime you'll have to follow me back to the county jail and spend the night there." Agreeing to do this, I followed the deputy to the county jail, and parked the Cadillac right out front.

First thing the next morning the deputy's wife brought me the breakfast she had just made. It was a real homemade country breakfast with bacon & eggs, fresh biscuits and some kind of corn meal porridge with butter. A short while later the deputy came in and said: "Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The judge can't see you today, he's gone fishing. But I spoke to him on your behalf and the judge says if you spend the next day and a night in jail we'll just call it even."

I took the deal. I asked if I could get the book I had been reading out of the Cadillac and the deputy handed me my keys so I could go get the book. So I was all set. I had my book and a TV. Lunch wasn't much to write home about, just a sandwich. But dinner was a fantastic country spread. A thick slice of ham steak, mashed potatoes with real butter, peas, com and for dessert some sort of a coffeecake served still warm from the oven.

There was one other inmate who was serving 6 months for writing bad checks, only he didn't like being cooped up all day so he volunteered on the county garbage truck. His dog didn't like being cooped up either so he stayed outside in the jail house courtyard until his master returned in the evening, at which time we all sat around watching TV, "Barney Miller" among other things.

First thing Sunday morning the deputy's wife fed me breakfast and then the deputy sent me on my way, well rested and well fed. When I got back to California and explained the reason for my delay to my father, his only words were, "You did the Ross thing".

-Phillip Ross

MARCH, 2015 - "OUR IOWA" MAGAZINE INSERT

Last fall Jerry And Paula Wiebel visited Cedar County. The attached article is a result of that visit. This will be featured in their magazine that comes out soon.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE

AUGUST 30, 2014 - HONOR FORMER SHERIFFS
Jack Leverenz 1959 - 1963
Richard (Dick) Barden 1963 - 1972
Eugene (Dick) Hancock 1972 - 1976
 

Dear Friend,

The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation is a non-profit 501(C3) group that owns the old Cedar County Jail and House and operates it as "The Old Cedar County Jail Museum". We are the official museum for the Iowa State Sherriff's and Deputies Association for the entire state of Iowa. Each year we have several special activities at the jail museum plus we are open the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

One of our activities is to honor former sheriffs of Cedar County. In 2012, we honored Sheriff Bill Christian who was sheriff from 1933 to 1942. Last year we honored 2 former sheriffs. Charles Willey who was the sheriff from 1943-1956 and Elwood Hemmingway who served from January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958. Their careers were intertwined. Each man served as the others deputy at one time.

This year we are planning to honor Jack Leverenz 1959 - 1963, Richard (Dick) Barden 1963 - 1972, and Eugene (Dick) Hancock 1972 - 1976. Jack actually had served as a deputy under Elwood Hemmingway. Jack resigned to take a position with the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Dick Barden had served as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Leverenz. Dick Barden was appointed to fill out Leverenz's term and was then was later elected to the Office of Sheriff. Dick Barden was the first sheriff in Iowa to pilot his own plane and one of the first sheriffs in Iowa to attend the FBI Academy for officiers. Leverenz and Barden were the first sheriff and deputy to wear complete "officier" uniforms.

Eugene (Dick) Hancock 1972 - 1976 was appointed to serve as sheriff by the Cedar County Board of Supervisors in October 1972 after he defeated Sheriff Barden in the primary election. He was them elected Sheriff in the General Election. Hancock had been serving as Deputy under Sheriff Barden. Dick Hancock later worked security at the University of Iowa.

To honor these 3 sheriffs we are trying to contact as many of their family, descendants and friends as we can. We have some information from newspaper files and books, and some pictures but we need more! We have pictures of the sheriffs, but if you have anything of interest please contact me or you are welcome to bring it with you to this event .The widows of the three Former Sheriffs have been invited; Grace Leverenz, Doris Barden and Bev Hancock.

Incidently, Judy Archer started to work for Sheriff Barden in 1965 and was the first female deputy sheriff in Cedar County. She was deputy, secretary and jail matron. Keith Whitlatch was Tipton Chief of Police. Judy served as Radio Dispatcher for Sheriff Hancock thru 1982. Judy is secretary for the Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation; "The Old Cedar County Jail Musuem"

We will also be recognizing those who worked for these 3 sheriff's including Judy Archer, Lora Mae (Ike) Ward, Ron and Joyce Stein, Doris (Kolsrud} Barden, Jerry Simmermaker and anyone else that worked for them.

This special event will be held on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The museum will be open from 10am to 4pm for tours and visiting.

Johnny Krob "Singing Cowboy" will entertain on the east lawn of the Old Jail from 1 -2:15 p.m. About 2:15 p.m.,the ceremony will begin to pay tribute to these three past sheriffs. The Cedar County Friends will be serving their famous homemade shortcake and strawberries with ice cream.

As you can see we have a full day planned! You and your family are invited to this celebration. If you have any information, pictures, or comments please contact me.

Keith Whitlatch
Telephone: (319) 329-1785
Email: kwhitl1601@gmail.com
Address: 707 King Avenue Stanwood, Iowa 52337

I look forward to seeing and meeting you on August 30!

Keith Whitlatch
Cedar County Sheriff Retired
Old Cedar County Jail/Museum



The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation is a non-profit 501(C3) group that owns the old Cedar County Jail and House and operates it as "The Old Cedar County Jail Museum". We are the official museum for the Iowa State Sherriff's and Deputies Association for the entire state of Iowa. Each year we have several special activities at the jail museum plus we are open the 1st Saturday of each month from 10am to 2pm.

One of our activities is to honor former sheriffs of Cedar County. Last year we honored Sheriff Bill Christian who was sheriff from 1933 to 1942. This year we plan on honoring 2 former sheriffs. Charles Willey who was the sheriff from 1943-1956 and Elwood Hemmingway who served from January 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958. Their careers were intertwined. Each man served as the others deputy at one time.

To honor these 2 sheriffs we are trying to contact as many of their descendants as we can. We have some information from newspaper files and books about Sheriff Willey and Sheriff Hemmingway, and some pictures but we need more! I personally own Elwood's saddle that my father; Don Whitlatch purchased from him many years ago.We have pictures of both sheriffs, but if you have anything of interest please contact me or you are welcome to bring it with you to this event.

This special event will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013. The museum will be open from 10am to 4pm for tours and visiting. Ron Semler performing as "Nearly Elvis" will entertain from 1pm to 2pm on the east side of the jail. At 2pm the ceremony will begin honoring Sheriff Willey and Sheriff Hemmingway. The Cedar County Friends will be serving their famous homemade shortcake and strawberries with ice cream.

As an added attraction the Tipton Lions Club will be holding a "Hog Roast" in the street by the jail. Profits from this will go to benefit the "Backpack Buddy" program. They will be serving from 11am to 1pm.

As you can see we have a full day planned! You and your family are invited to the celebration honoring Sheriff Willey and Sheriff Hemmingway. If you have any information, pictures, or comments please contact me.

Keith Whitlatch
Telephone: (319) 329-1785
Email: kwitl1601@gmail.com
Address: 707 King Avenue Stanwood, Iowa 52337

I look forward to seeing and meeting you on August 31!

Keith Whitlatch
Cedar County Sheriff Retired
Old Cedar County Jail/Museum

  • ANNUAL MEETING - JANUARY 12, 2011

The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation will hold their Annual meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 6 PM at the Tipton River Family Restaurant located on Cedar Street south of the Courthouse. We will meet in the private meeting room and order off of the menu. Reservations not needed, but a rough head count will help us set up.

The Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation is an incorporated group whose primary goal is the preservation of the Old Cedar County Jail and adjoining residence, and the establishment of the Jail and House as a Law Enforcement Museum. This is the site of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association Museum. You are cordially invited to attend this meeting. You may already be a member of our group, in which case you have already been involved in projects or are someone who is interested in becoming involved.

Annual dues for membership are as follows: $10, single membership; $18, family membership; Society Friend, $50; and Patron membership, $100 per calendar Year. If you are coming to the meeting you may pay dues at that time, or mail them to our treasurer, Jim Jorgensen, 303 Meridian, Tipton, IA 52772. After you have placed your order there will be a short business meeting while the food is being prepared. We will review our past year’s activities and discuss the coming year’s goals. Officers will be elected. I have a couple exciting announcements to make; Reference a movie, or part of being shot at the old jail, and being featured in the Our Iowa magazine.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me at 319-329-1785, e-mail kwhitl1601@gmail.com, Kris Clark at 886-6220 or Daisy Wingert at 563-357-9650. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sincerely,
Keith L. Whitlatch, President
Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation
707 King Avenue, Stanwood, IA 52337

  • WILL HONOR CEDAR COUNTY SHERRIFS AS JAIL DEDICATION CEREMONY IN JUNE 2004

dedication ceremony, recognizing the old Cedar County Jail and Sheriff's Residence and past and present Cedar County Sheriffs, will be held June 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at the old jail, located at the corner of 4th and lynn Streets in Tipton.

he Cedar County Friends of Historic Preservation, who own the old jail and residence, are restoring the home and plan to turn the jail into a museum to exhibit criminal justice artifacts along with other items of historic interest from the county. Click Here to read full story .....

 

  • FACT SHEET ON OLD CEDAR COUNTY JAIL
    - By Keith L. Whitlatch

he old Cedar County Jail in Tipton, Iowa, is on lots 7 & 8 of Block 19, of the original town of Tipton. This is on the southwests corner of the block on the intersection of Fourth Street and Lynn Street, one block west of Iowa State Highway 38. It functioned as a working jail from its construction and opening as a jail in mid-November 1892, and continued to serve as a jail until April 13, 2001 when a new jail was opened in Tipton.

he town of Tipton came into existence in 1840 when the county commissioners (now called supervisors) chose the geographical center of the county of cedar to become the county seat. Click Here to continue .....




 
TIPTON WEEKEND REVISITED


Old Cedar County Jail 'Alumnus' Phillip Ross and his wife from California visit in 2019. Read full story.


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