Evansville in Vanderburgh County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Sheriﬀ's Residence and Jail
Vanderburgh County formed, Evansville named county seat 1818. This castle-like structure was completed 1890 for county’s fourth jail and second sheriff’s residence. Stone exterior has step-gables, projecting turrets, crenellated roof lines, simulated portcullis, and central, rounded tower. Tunnel connects the jail to the 1890 courthouse.
Jail and residence were the focal point of a race riot July 1903, which lasted several days; twelve people were killed and many more injured. County functions moved out 1969. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1970. County jails were first established 1792 under territorial laws and were included in state constitutions of 1816 and 1851.
Erected 2007 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Woods & Woods, LLP, and Vanderaburgh County Historical Society. (Marker Number 82.2007.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 37° 58.406′ N, 87° 34.367′ W. Marker is in Evansville, Indiana, in Vanderburgh County. Marker is on NW 4th Street south of Court Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in a court-yard
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vanderburgh County World War I Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); The Short Lived Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Vanderburgh County World War II Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); Wabash and Erie Canal (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); McCurdy - Sears Building (about 500 feet away); Ohio River Levee (approx. 0.4 miles away); Civil War Camp (approx. half a mile away); Augustus Owsley Stanley (approx. 8.9 miles away in Kentucky). Click for a list of all markers in Evansville.
Also see . . . Historic Evansville. A brief history of the 1890(1) Sheriff's Residence and Jail. (Submitted on October 3, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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