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The Jailhouse

Doing a stint behind bars in Buena Vista, Colo., probably wasn’t much fun in 1880 when the tiny town was just forming as a stopover for miners bound for the hills. Serving time in that same building today, however, means something totally different. In July 2016, Colorado beer-industry pro-Sarah Haughey opened The Jailhouse Craft Beer Bar in the squat, 850-square-foot building that briefly served as the town jail 137 years ago.

Jonathan Shikes

Built out of stone from the nearby Arkansas River, the Jailhouse is still held together by a cable that stretches from one wall to the other—a turn of-the-last-century structural technique—and the only restroom is a 1910-era outhouse out back, though it’s now plumbed and heated.

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