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Early Outlaws!

Page updated on August 10, 2012


Are there
in your closet? ...

in your pen? ...

on your family tree ?

If they lived in Linn County, you might find them here ...


It didn't take long in the newly developed Linn County for criminals to appear.  In the Spring of 1840 a log jail was built in Marion.  The first prisoner was installed within it for horse stealing before the logs had been laid higher than his shoulders.  1878 History of Linn County, p. 535

Excerpts from the 1878 History of Linn County

Excerpts from Rev. George R. Carroll's book: Pioneer Life In and Around Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from 1839 to 1849.  
IOWA STATE REGISTER, Tuesday, August 23, 1881:

"A birth occurred in the county jail at Cedar Rapids a few days ago. Mother and child are both doing well. Lena Stanton, who was sent up for horse stealing, was the mother."

Submitted by: Becke Dawson

Share your stories of early Linn County criminals here! Please, no stories about living individuals! Also, because of copyright laws only materials dated before 1923 or written by the submitter will be accepted.  


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