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EL PASO COUNTY OLD JAIL
San Elizario, Texas

One block SE of Central Plaza, San Elizario
15 Miles SE of Downtown El Paso

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Old El Paso County jail in the first county seat of San Elizario Texas
Old El Paso County jail in the first county seat of San Elizario.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005
Historical Marker Text:

OLD COUNTY JAIL

This structure was built about 1850 of adobe bricks (sun-dried mud and reeds) and cottonwood logs around steel cell blocks. It served as official county jail 1850-66 and 1868-73, when San Elizario was the first and then third El Paso county seat. It housed both jail ("carcel" in Spanish) and courtroom ("juzgado"). According to legend, William Bonney, famed outlaw Billy the Kid, freed the only man ever to escape from this jail, his cohort Melquiades Seguro.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1970
Old El Paso County jail historical marker, San Elizario Texas
Old El Paso County jail historic marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December 2005
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