There is no historical reference to this jail anywhere: not at the historical society, not at the Chamber of Commerce Visitor's Center, and not from any local we talked to. And, as this was a major curiousity nagging me, we rattled all the cages we could to get answers. Even the 1881 school (which was moved to its present location) has a historical reference but this 1888 jail? Nada.
What this appears to be, is a part of the Pinedorado Grounds collection of attractions for the big 3-day event they hold every September for Labor Day. The Pinedorado Grounds have kiddies rides, a parade, and a host of activities. It's on a par with what could be called the fair grounds (but on a much smaller scale and minus the farm animals).
Cambria has an abundance of history (mostly located in East Village) but this "jail" being a part of the history is highly questionable (although it is amusing).
The jail is located in West Village. Note also that it has no windows, which would seem to be a requirement of any incarceration facility.
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