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Glasscock County Jail
Garden City, Texas

On FM 158
Glasscock County old stone jail, Garden City, Texas
Glasscock County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
The County Jail (1894) sits on the courthouse square. This building was the courthouse before the present one was built. With its small population, the jail has been vacant for years at a time.

Glasscock County Courthouse and Jail Historical Marker

Oil painting of old Glasscock  county  jail/courthouse and current  courthouse
Oil Painting of old courthouse/jail and current Glasscock County courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, June 2006
Garden City, TX, Glasscock County courthouse and jail historical marker
Glasscock County Courthouse and Jail historical marker on the courthouse ground. Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Historical Marker Text

Glasscock County Courthouse and Jail

On May 9, 1893, a little over one month from the date of Glasscock County's formal organization, the first county commissioner's court issued bonds to erect a combination courthouse/jail building. L. T. Noyes of Houston, with the assistance of plasterer William T. Lovell, completed the structure on February 12, 1894. Originally, the ground floor of the building was used for court sessions and the second floor used as the jail. The 2-story stone building, later used only as a jail, features subtle Classical influences, including corner pilasters and a tall corbelled cornice.

County bonds issued through the First State Bank of Garden City in 1909 were used to employ Mutual Construction Company, Inc. of Louisville, Kentucky, and architects Edward C. Hasford & Co., of Dallas, to build a new courthouse. The 2 1/2 story Classical Revival structure, constructed of 3-foot thick native stone from a local ranch owned by Steve Calverley, was completed on August 27, 1910. It features colossal Doric columns supporting its open pediment and a horizontal belt course which follows its 2nd floor window sills.

The current Glasscock County Courthouse has been in continuous use since 1910. The original courthouse/jail structure was replaced by a new jail in 1980.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks - 1962
Garden City Tx, Glasscock County Jail and Water Tower
Glasscock County Jail and Water Tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Glasscock County old stone jail, Garden City, Texas
The 1894 former Glasscock County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2002
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