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Jamestown in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Jamestown Branch Jail

 
 
Jamestown Branch Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 27, 2010
1. Jamestown Branch Jail Marker
Inscription. California’s gold country was in the midst of a second gold rush when the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved construction of a Jamestown Branch Jail. It was designed by Sonora architect C.W. Ayers and built by A.S. Thomas for $1060.00, it was ready for its first inmate in January 1898 with Constable John W. “Jack” Leland in charge. The 400 square foot wood, concrete and brick building was used as a temporary detention facility until inmates could be taken to the county jail in Sonora or released after a night on the town. The Jamestown Branch Jail served the community until 1940 when all services were moved to Sonora. In 1964, R.W. Pollard purchased the building and moved it to Pollardville, his theme park near Stockton. When Pollardville was sold in 2007, the Jamestown Jail returned home 125 feet east of its original location. This historic building is owned by the people of Tuolumne County.
 
Erected 2008 by Matuca Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 57.218′ N, 120° 25.402′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker can be reached from Main Street near Seca Street
Jamestown Branch Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 27, 2010
2. Jamestown Branch Jail and Marker
, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker and jail building are located at Rocca Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown CA 95327, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rocca Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); Red Light District (within shouting distance of this marker); Community Hall / Jamestown Justice Court (within shouting distance of this marker); Ramirez – Preston Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Willow (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Emporium – 1897 (about 300 feet away); National Hotel (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Jamestown.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Tuolumne County Historical Society. The Historical Society’s listing of historic sites in Tuolumne County including detailed information on the Jamestown Branch Jail. (Submitted on July 27, 2010.) 

2. Renovation Efforts Receive the “Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for 2009”. A February 3, 2010 Union Democrat article by Margie Hiser, reporting on the award as well as the history of the jail. (Submitted on July 27, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Jail Door image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 27, 2010
3. Jail Door
Jamestown Branch Jail - Above the Door image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 27, 2010
4. Jamestown Branch Jail - Above the Door
Walkway image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 27, 2010
5. Walkway
Funds for moving and restoring the building were raised by the sale of donor pavers which make up the walkway around the building.
Rear View of the Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 27, 2010
6. Rear View of the Jail
Jamestown Branch Jail image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, July 28, 2010
7. Jamestown Branch Jail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 939 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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