Andrew Jail

The old jail in Andrew served Jackson County from 1870 to 1896.

The Historic Jackson County Jail in Andrew could be put to new use thanks to a grant announced last week by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

The department awarded $5,700 to the Jackson County Historic Preservation Commission for a ‘Feasibility Study and Rehabilitation Plan for the Historic Jackson County Jail.’

Located in the small town of Andrew, it served Jackson County from 1870 to 1896 and is in a remarkable state of preservation.

In total, the department awarded $96,367 to nine projects in eight counties through its Certified Local Government program for historic preservation, which encourages governmental partnerships, provides training and technical assistance, and supports preservation of historic resources at the local level.

Iowa’s Certified Local Government program is one of the largest of its kind in the nation and is administered by the State Historic Preservation Office in conjunction with the National Park Service. The program was established as an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act in 1980.