This is a view of the Territorial Prison in 1912.  The wagons are hauling two tractor wheels from the foundry.  The view is looking north on Main Street. To view a "Time Tunnel" of this same location from 1907 to 2016, click or tap on the photo.

 
 

Stillwater Territorial Prison

Written by Robert Molenda

The Stillwater prison was built in 1851 as part of the territorial plan.  The site was known as “Battle Hollow” because of a Native American skirmish in 1839.  Twenty-one members of the Ojibway tribe were killed by members of the Dakotah tribe.   The prison and the warden’s house were completed in 1853 and other additions were made to the construction site in later years.  Jacob Fisher, a millwright, designed the buildings  and also staked claims where Stillwater presently stands.  

 

 

 

View looking Northwest inside the Territorial Prison in 1910.

View looking Northwest inside the Territorial Prison in 1910.

Site of Territorial Prison in Stillwater after opening new prison in Bayport.  

Site of Territorial Prison in Stillwater after opening new prison in Bayport.  

View of Territorial Prison Site in 1936 towards Southwest direction.    

View of Territorial Prison Site in 1936 towards Southwest direction.  

 

Prisoners moving from work to cells in the Territorial Prison. To view a "Time Tunnel" photo of this same location between 1907 and 2016, click or tap on the photo above.   

Prisoners moving from work to cells in the Territorial Prison. To view a "Time Tunnel" photo of this same location between 1907 and 2016, click or tap on the photo above. 

 

Stillwater Territorial Prison Main Gate, located on Main Street.  The year is 1907.  The photo shows a guard and two prisoner trustees.  Photo Credit is The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection. Click or Tap on this photo to reveal a "Time Tunnel" photo of this same location from 1910 to 2016.

Stillwater Territorial Prison Main Gate, located on Main Street.  The year is 1907.  The photo shows a guard and two prisoner trustees.  Photo Credit is The Stillwater Public Library, John Runk Collection. Click or Tap on this photo to reveal a "Time Tunnel" photo of this same location from 1910 to 2016.