We all know that police stations are a rare sight. Too many cut-backs have led to too few police stations being open meaning that most members of the public will find it hard to not only find a police station but find one that is open.
But one police station that we found in Carrabelle, Florida, is so small that you can just about fit a police dog in it, let alone a police officer and a member of the public.
And there is no way you would be able to hold a prisoner in the ‘building’.
At first glance, the tiny structure looks like a telephone booth. But in fact, it is a police station.
Well, to be honest, it used to be a telephone booth, but it has been turned into a police station and can be found on 105 St. James Ave in downtown Carrabelle.
The tiny police station came into being on March 10, 1963.
The city of Carrabelle had been having problems with tourists making unofficial long-distance phone calls on its police phone.
The phone was located in a call box that was bolted to a building at the corner of U.S. 98 and Tallahassee Street.
Johnnie Mirabella, St. Joe Telephone’s lone Carrabelle employee at the time, first tried moving the call box to another building, but the illegal calls continued.
Mirabella noticed that police officers would get soaked while answering phone calls when it was raining.
So when the telephone company decided to replace its worn-out phone booth in front of Burda’s Pharmacy with a new one, he decided to solve both problems at once by putting the police phone in the old booth.
With the help of Curly Messer, who was a deputy sheriff at the time, Mirabella moved the phone booth to its current site on U.S. 98 under the chinaberry tree.
The booth did protect the officers from the elements, but some people still snuck into it to make long-distance calls.
Eventually, the dial was removed from the phone, making it impossible for tourists to make calls.
So now it just stands as a ‘police station’ that can be used by police officers who want to hide from the torrential downpours which often hit the area.
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