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Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Old Jail

 
 
Old Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 13, 2018
1. Old Jail Marker
Inscription. The Lancaster jail was located a half block to the north from 1753 to 1851. The last remaining Conestoga Indians were held here in protective custody in 1763. They were killed by a vigilante group, the Paxton Boys. No arrests were made.
 
Erected 2013 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 2.268′ N, 76° 18.482′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker is on West King Street west of North Prince Street (State Highway 462), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is located along the sidewalk on the north side of King Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 West King Street, Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Conestoga Indian Massacre (within shouting distance of this marker); John Durang (within shouting distance of this marker); John F. Reynolds (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Architecture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bailey's Printshop (about 400 feet away); Historic Site in Journalism
Old Jail Marker (<i>tall view; looking west along King Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 13, 2018
2. Old Jail Marker (tall view; looking west along King Street)
(about 500 feet away); John Frederick Steinman, Ph. B., LL. D. (about 500 feet away); James Hale Steinman, A.B., LL. B., LL.D. (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Conestoga Indian Massacre of 1763
 
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1. History of the Lancaster County Prison. The old jail was located in the City of Lancaster at the northwest corner of West King, then known as High Street, and North Prince Street. It was not until after this prison had been in use for more than a half a century that agitation began over the question of building a new one. A committee was appointed in 1827 to study the feasibility of a new jail but submitted an adverse report. In 1831 the grand jury reported the insufficiency of the jail. The Commissioners recommended repairs consisting of raising the jail wall four feet along West King street. In 1849, the Commissioners approved a plan for a new prison and selected the ground near the Reservoir at the east end of East King Street, then also known as the Philadelphia Turnpike, in the City of Lancaster. (Submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
Old Jail Marker (<i>wide view looking north across King Street; marker at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 13, 2018
3. Old Jail Marker (wide view looking north across King Street; marker at left)

2. Massacre of the Conestoga Indians, 1763: incidents and details. There are few, if any, murders to be compared with the cruel murder committed on the Conestoga Indians in the gaol of Lancaster in 1763, by the Paxton Boys (as they were then called). From fifteen to twenty Indians, as report stated, were placed there for protection. A regiment of Highlanders were at the time quartered at the barracks in the town, and yet these murderers were permitted to break open the doors of the city gaol and commit the horrid deed. (Submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraLaw EnforcementNative AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Old Jail Marker (<i>wide view looking west across Prince Street; marker at left</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, August 13, 2018
4. Old Jail Marker (wide view looking west across Prince Street; marker at left)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Last updated on August 29, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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