Old St. Francois County jail now open for guests

Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 9:17 a.m. CDT; updated 11:02 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, May 4, 2010

FARMINGTON — The old St. Francois County jail hasn't held a prisoner in years. But the historic building in downtown Farmington has a new name and purpose.

The Transamerican Trail Cyclers Inn was opened and dedicated Tuesday night in time for the Tour of Missouri cycling race.

The eastern Missouri community is on the TransAmerica Trail bicycle route. The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that the hostel has 14 bunk beds in three bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

Work on the inn was done by city employees and state prisoners and furnished in part with a $6,000 donation from the Farmington Downtown Development Association.

An estimated 1,200 bicyclists travel through Missouri each year on the TransAmerica Trail.


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