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MOTLEY COUNTY JAIL
Matador, Texas, Motley County

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Stewart Street (FM 94), Matador, TX
Matador Texas Motley County Jail
1891 Limestone Motley County Jail, Matador, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Motley County Jail

This 2-story jail was erected in 1891, the year Motley County was organized, after County Judge H. H. Campbell and commissioners Dan Browning, A. B. Cooper, J. J. John and W. E. Power awarded a construction contract to local builders J. F. Aiken and J. T. Cornett. Cells were on the top floor of the structure and jailer's living quarters on the lower level. The first courthouse, also built in 1891, later burned, but this jail remains as a symbol of Motley County's frontier heritage.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1976

Motley County Jail

  • I have been to the grave sites and also been through the old jail where they lived. The living quarters were downstairs and the jail was upstairs. My grandfather had told me about living in the jail when he was a little boy and watching his dad hang men from a trap door in the ceiling. Sure enough, when I visited the jail there was the trap door."
    - Paul Cloyd, August 15, 2004
  • All the stories I heard as a boy growing up in Matador had it that no one was actually ever hanged in the Jail. It is true that the trap door is there. - Earle Price, May 22, 2005
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