Old Bayfield Jail

Bayfield Heritage Association Executive Director Megan Boyle shows the iron latticework outer door guarding the entrance — and exit — of the Old Bayfield City Jail Thursday in Bayfield. The association has leased the building from the city to restore the historic landmark.

A brick walk shoots straight northward from Bayfield’s Washington Avenue to a single-story stone building fronted by two iron latticework windows and a matching door opening outward. Just inside it, a second door made of wood opens inward to reveal a Spartan, dimly lit room.

Despite a solid, stalwart visage, the building obviously falls far short of the high-security mark set by its modern-day descendants. Nevertheless, this city jail once served its purpose admirably in the second quarter of the 20th century.

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