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No one’s in the jailhouse now: Polo’s historic 1870 calaboose is worth a visit, but it’s no place you’d want to stay

Polo, a railroad town incorporated in 1871, is the site of an historic jail built a year earlier. As the commemorative stone notes, the building was made from stone, mortar and ‘hand-forged iron.’ The jail is located a block east of Highway 13 just north of Polo’s water tower. The jail might’ve been tolerable for Otis from Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, but  in reality its stark interior wasn’t designed with a prisoner’s comfort in mind. The jail was donated to the city in 1993 by Polo’s Volunteer Fire Department and the Polo Good Old Days Festival. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

Polo, a railroad town incorporated in 1871, is the site of an historic jail built a year earlier. As the commemorative stone notes, the building was made from stone, mortar and ‘hand-forged iron.’ The jail is located a block east of Highway 13 just north of Polo’s water tower. The jail might’ve been tolerable for Otis from Andy Griffith’s Mayberry, but in reality its stark interior wasn’t designed with a prisoner’s comfort in mind. The jail was donated to the city in 1993 by Polo’s Volunteer Fire Department and the Polo Good Old Days Festival. (Photo by David Knopf/Richmond News)

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