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A local institution will soon close its doors for the last time — well, a sort of local institution. At the very least, plenty of San Diegans have gotten to know it.

The Tijuana jail is closing soon, the Los Angeles Times reports. For decades it’s been a place of local lore, to which an uncounted number of drunken San Diegans have been hauled away for a night in the slammer “with drug kingpins, assassins, child molesters and thieves.”

Sometimes, the visitors ran afoul of the law after too much partying along Tijuana’s main tourist strip.

Sometimes they didn’t.

The Times story examines the jail’s storied history. Do you have a story about time spent in the Tijuana jail? I’d love to hear it. Send me an email.

And here’s a video of the Kingston Trio singing a popular folk song about the Tijuana jail.

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Adrian Florido is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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