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

Calaboose and rock with irons

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, October 28, 2018
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Inscription.  Commissioners court minutes of 3-17-1872 ordered Jo G Hardin, County Treasurer "To solicit donations to build a jail on Lot 12, Block 7, orig. addn, Comanche jail house shall be 14' x 20', a partition dividing it into rooms." The building, called "The Calaboose" was 350' SW from here and used to house drunks overnight. In 1892 Bill McGee was hired to rock the Plank bldg. and left a rock to be easily removed. He was the first drunk incarcerated, removed his loose rock and beat constable, Jeff Greene, back to the square...the large rock with iron cuffs and chains inside the calaboose was to better secure prisoners committing a felony. In 1968 Higginbotham Bros. & Co., then owner, had the building removed. A.P. Burks took large rock to his place in Comanche. Later his wife Margaret Burks gave large rock with chain cuffs to County of Comanche to be placed under the Old Fleming Oak Tree. Researched and written by Dorothy. F. Robertson.
 
Erected by Comanche County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement.
 
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By Kayla Harper, October 28, 2018
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31° 53.852′ N, 98° 36.291′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker can be reached from West Central Avenue near North Houston Street, on the right when traveling west. In front of the Comanche County Courthouse. Right under the Fleming Oak tree and next to the Old Cora Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Cora Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Park (here, next to this marker); Indian Raid in Comanche (a few steps from this marker); Fleming Oak (a few steps from this marker); General Ashbel Smith, C.S.A. (a few steps from this marker); Robert Thomas Hill (a few steps from this marker); Water on South Side of Square (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
 
Calaboose and rock with irons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kayla Harper, October 28, 2018
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 5, 2018, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2018, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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