Atlanta Log Cabin and Jail

Atlanta Log Cabin and Jail
Atlanta, Elmore County

  • Grants: 1992, 1994, 2020 – building stabilization and installation of roof cap

Location: Jailhouse Park, Atlanta, Idaho 83601

Located 60 miles north of Boise, Atlanta, Idaho was founded during the Civil War by a group of Southerners as a gold and silver mining community. It was named after General Sherman’s supposed victory at the Battle of Atlanta, which turned out to be patently false, however the name stayed. In a turn of historical irony, Atlanta never quite took off as a mining mecca. The Monarch Company operated in the area from 1866 to 1869, followed by a more successful operation by Lantis & Co from 1874 to 1885, with a peak employment of 60 workers and 500 residents, and mining continued off and on until the 1950s. In 1910, the Atlanta Jail was built to replace a previous jail that had burned down. The building consists of a main room with two cells in the back, and all the original cells, bars, and hardware are intact. The Jail is part of Atlanta’s Historic District.

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