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FORMER CALDWELL COUNTY JAIL
Lockhart, Texas

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

315 East Market St.
One block from the Caldwell County Courthouse is the former Caldwell County Jail, an interesting architectural piece. Now serving as the county's Museum, its hours make it very friendly to weekend visitors: Saturdays and Sundays 1 -5.
Lockhart Texas Caldwell County museum, Caldwell County Jail
Caldwell County Museum, former Caldwell County Jail
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October, 2003
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Caldwell County Jail

Organized in 1848, Caldwell County lost its original log jail in an 1858 fire, then kept prisoners in the Courthouse basement until 1873, when outlaws' activities called for a strong stone prison. In 1908 Caldwell countains voted 725 to 311 for a $25,000.00 bond issue to erect this castellated brick structure. The jailer's quarters occupy the ground floor, over a storage area in the basement. The upper floors contain fifteen cells of concrete and steel, with one cell rising from the center of the building. Gallows are said to have been removed from this jail in the 1930s.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1977

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Caldwell County Courthouse
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