Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Erected 2013 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Law Enforcement • Native Americans • Wars, US Indian. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list.
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. Marker is located along the sidewalk on the north side of King Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 West King Street, Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. African-American Women Escape County Jail, 1835 (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Conestoga Indian MassacreFulton Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); John Durang (within shouting distance of this marker); Reynolds House (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); The Steinman Hardware Building (about 400 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 (Submitted on August 13, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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.)
3. MarkerQuest - Old Jail and Fulton Opera House. Information and images pertaining to the location's history. (Submitted on August 26, 2020, by Laura Klotz of Northampton, Pennsylvania.)
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