Old Brown County jailhouse sells for $10K

(KSNT File Photo)

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A former jailhouse in northeast Kansas has sold at auction for $10,000 to a developer who hopes to turn it into a hotel.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports the former Brown County jailhouse in Hiawatha was auctioned off Friday. Michael Wuttke, of Orangevale, California, bought the building and its contents for $10,000.

No one else bid on the property.

Wuttke also owns a former nursing home in the area and says he hopes to repurpose both buildings.

He says he plans to make the nursing home a home for veterans and turn the jail into a themed hotel where visitors can spend the night in jail, going through the whole process of booking, fingerprinting and dressing in jail jumpsuits.

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