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Tyler in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

1881 Smith County Jail

 
 
1881 Smith County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, September 10, 2015
1. 1881 Smith County Jail Marker
Inscription. Houston architect Eugene T. Heiner and builder Henry Kane designed and built this structure in 1880-81 to serve as Smith County's fourth jail. An 1894 second-story addition doubled the jail's cell space. The building was replaced by a new jail in 1916 and subsequently housed the Lewis Hotel until 1986. It features classical detailing of the Italianate style, a stucco finish scored to look like cut stone, elaborate window molds and consoles, and classical beltcourses.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1993
 
Erected 1993 by State of Texas.
 
Location. 32° 21.041′ N, 95° 17.884′ W. Marker is in Tyler, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on Erwin Street 0.1 miles east of S. Fannin Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 309 E. Erwin, Tyler TX 75702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Miller Morgan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Henry Miller Morgan (about 300 feet away); Yarbrough Building (about 700 feet away); Smith County as a 19th Century Legal Center (about 700 feet away); Smith County C.S.A. / Tyler-Smith County C.S.A. Men and Units (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First County Agricultural Extension Agent
1881 Smith County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, September 10, 2015
2. 1881 Smith County Jail
(approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Tyler (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tyler Commercial College (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tyler.
 
More about this marker. National Register Listing 96000937

Listed in the National Register August 22, 1996
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
1881 Smith County Jail National Register Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, September 10, 2015
3. 1881 Smith County Jail National Register Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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