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    Palo Pinto County Pioneer Museum
    Former Palo Pinto County Jail
    Circa 1880

    Location
    Palo Pinto, Texas
    US 180, 12 miles W of Mineral Wells

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    Former Palo Pinto County Jail. Today the Palo Pinto County Pioneer Museum

    The former Palo Pinto County Jail.
    Today the Palo Pinto County Pioneer Museum.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005

    One block south of the courthouse is the former county jail. The building, used as the county jail until 1941, is the cornerstone of the museum area where contributors and members have several historic structures and other relics of Palo Pinto's past. Noteworthy are the bell and a wonderful hitching post of stone and iron that is perfect in its utilitarian design. See Palo Pinto, Texas
    Palo Pinto Texas, Old County Jail  historical marker
    Historical marker on the old Palo Pinto County jail.
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, May 2005
    Historical Marker Text

    Old County Jail

    Built to replace a log jail, this native sandstone structure was erected by contractors Martin, Byrne and Johnston of Comanche. J. C. McQuerry was sheriff when it was finished (1880). The first floor was used for county offices until a new courthouse was finished. It then housed the jailer's family, while the top floor held killers, cattle rustlers, rowdy cowboys, and other prisoners. A steel trap door was installed for hangings in 1907 but never used. Vacated in 1941, the building was acquired by the Palo Pinto County Historical Association in 1968 and restored as its headquarters and museum.
    (1976)
    Palo Pinto County Courthouse, Jail & Museum

    Palo Pinto County Courthouse, Jail & Museum
    Photo courtesy Mike Lewis

    Palo Pinto County Old Strap-Iron Jail Palo Pinto, Texas
    Palo Pinto County Old Strap-Iron Jail
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    Palo Pinto County Solitary Confinement Cell, Palo Pinto, Texas
    Palo Pinto County Solitary Confinement Cell
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
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