Winnipeg Historic Jail

Vaughan Street Jail (444 York Avenue) in Winter - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: Winnipeg Old Jail

History

Built in 1881, the Vaughan Street Jail (located in 444 York Avenue, Winnipeg) is the oldest and last remaining public building in the city of Winnipeg. The jailhouse once held children as young as five—a thief was a thief in the 1880s—along with drunks, vagrants and murderers. This cultural gem is however shut to the public, deemed unsafe for even the occasional tour, an insult to heritage conservation. The jail was removed from Heritage Winnipeg’s Doors Open Tours in 2007. Since then, it’s almost empty and falling apart.

Winnipeg has a lot of historic buildings, many of which still exist today, especially in the Exchange District of Downtown Winnipeg. There have been buildings that get demolished, but that happens everywhere. Winnipeg has not lost a lot. Well, before this old jail faces its final death fate, visit it while you still can!!!

Winnipeg Old Jail (Vaughan Street Jailhouse) - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Not sure if the jail is haunted?!?! ò.ó Among its ghosts is Earle (the Strangler) Nelson, a serial rapist and murderer and the last man hanged at 444 York Avenue from a gallows that stood in what today is a makeshift parking lot. Executed Friday January 13, 1928, the American fugitive killed 14-year-old Lola Cowan, who was selling paper flowers to help feed her family, and also pregnant Elmwood mother Emily Patterson. He raped his victims after they were dead and stuffed their bodies under beds.

Polar Bear Statue by Historic Vaughan Street Jail in Winter - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: Opposite to the jail entrance are two cute polar bears.



Entrance of Winnipeg Historic Jail (Vaughan Street Jailhouse) - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Front entrance of old jail

Winnipeg Law Courts / Provinical Courthouse in Winter - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: Courthouse next to the jail.

Winnipeg Law Courts / Provinical Courthouse in Winter - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Winnipeg Law Courts (Provincial Courthouse)

Winnipeg Law Courts / Provinical Courthouse Entrance - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: Entrance to Winnipeg Law Courts.

Winnipeg Law Courts / Provinical Courthouse next to Manitoba Legislative Building - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 29, 2012: Winnipeg Law Courts and Vaughan Street Jail are both next to Manitoba Legislative Building

Historic Vaughan Street Jail (Winnipeg Old Prison) - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 29, 2012: back to jail

Map & Driving Direction

Exact location of Vaughan Street Jail is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map (click EXTERNAL LINK below to view map).


EXTERNAL LINK

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