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Old County Jail

 
 
Old County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
1. Old County Jail Marker
Inscription. Since the formation of Mono County in 1861, six facilities have served as the county jail. This stone building was placed into service by Sheriff C.F. McKinney, Dec. 5, 1883, and became the 5th Mono County Jail. It replaced the wooden jail facility partially destroyed, December 16, 1882, during an escape attempt by prisoners. This replacement jailhouse, larger than its predecessor, contained – an office, dining area, 6 cells, 2 wash and storage rooms. The walls were two feet thick and constructed of stone from a nearby quarry. It was designed by G.L. Porter and built by A.J. Severe to be escape proof, at a cost of $5,750 (U.S. gold coin). Subsequently, it became the main incarnation facility for the county until April 10, 1964, when it was replaced by the current jail. To date, no other facility has served as the county jail for a longer period of time. This plaque dedicated as a California Sesquicentennial event
 
Erected 2000 by E Clampus Vitus September 9, 2000.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.406′ N, 119° 13.703′ W. Marker is in Bridgeport, California, in Mono County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
Old County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
2. Old County Jail
of Bryant Street and School Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Bryant Street, Bridgeport CA 93517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bridgeport Chronicle-Union (within shouting distance of this marker); Mono County Memorial Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Mono County Court House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Irwin" (about 300 feet away); Frontier Justice (about 400 feet away); "Bridgeport Inn" (about 500 feet away); Bridgeport Elementary School (about 600 feet away); First Bridgeport Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bridgeport.
 
Additional comments.
1. A quote from the Walking Tour of Historic Bridgeport brochure
In January 13, 1888, the following account was published in the Bridgeport Chronicle-Union from Andrew McGinty, a fellow well acquainted with the 'County Bar Hotel,': "...the Bridgeport jail I have found to be more like home than a jail for the unfortunate. It is neat and clean in every respect, and our meals were well furnished..."
    — Submitted August 18, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Old County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
3. Old County Jail

 
Categories. Government
 
Old County Jail Sign image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
4. Old County Jail Sign
MONO COUNTY JAIL
Built by A. J. Severe
Of natural stone
Mined locally
Total cost
$5,750 U.S. Gold Coin
1883 – 1964
Inside Old County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, August 6, 2008
5. Inside Old County Jail
Metal Grate Outside Door image. Click for full size.
By Lester J Letson, September 8, 2012
6. Metal Grate Outside Door
Centered between the brass marker on the left and the old wood marker on the right,
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,733 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   6. submitted on , by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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