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Baton Rouge in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail

circa 1850

 
 
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1. Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail Marker
Inscription. The Oak Ridge Jail is believed to be the only surviving pre Civil War wooden jail in Louisiana. The parish sheriff used it to lock up any criminals, whether free or slave. It is of plank construction with no corner posts or framing materials. The walls, floors and ceiling are fabricated of three sets of heart pine, laminated together with thousands of nails. This construction technique created a four inch thick wall that could not be penetrated with an axe or hatchet. Chains and shackles were located on the walls of the two small cells.

Mrs. Emily Murphy of Oak Ridge, Louisiana donated the jail for the McEnery Family.
 
Location. 30° 24.662′ N, 91° 6.899′ W. Marker is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in East Baton Rouge Parish. Marker can be reached from Essen Lane near Interstate 10, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located on the grounds of the LSU Rural Life Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4560 Essen Ln, Baton Rouge LA 70808, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pigeonnier (within shouting distance of this marker); Dog-Trot House (within shouting distance of this marker); Stoker Barn (within shouting distance of this marker);
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2. Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail
Stoner/Athens Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Germain Bergeron House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uncle Jack (about 500 feet away); The Hill Memorial Library Columns (about 500 feet away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Baton Rouge.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail image. Click for full size.
December 18, 2009
3. Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail
Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail image. Click for full size.
December 18, 2009
4. Oak Ridge, Louisiana Jail
 
 
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