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

Carbon City Jail

 
 
Carbon City Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
1. Carbon City Jail Marker
Inscription.  

During a jailbreak, Carbon's 1905 Jail was destroyed, resulting in the need for a more substantial calaboose. Built in 1921 this unadorned square plan building is composed of reinforced concrete walls and a steel door. The structure had no lights or heat, and was intended as temporary holding until prisoners were transferred to other cities. The building often stood vacant, and during WWII it was used for occasional scrap drive collections. Local brides and grooms were sometimes locked up on their wedding nights. Today the jail is a rare surviving example of a once common building type on Texas towns.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2013
Marker is property of the State of Texas.

 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17695.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement.
 
Location. 32° 16.28′ N, 98° 49.675′ W. Marker is in Carbon, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker is at the intersection of Collins Boulevard and 5th Street,
Carbon City Jail image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
2. Carbon City Jail
This type of jail is called a calaboose due to its tiny size.
on the left when traveling east on Collins Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carbon TX 76435, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carbon Methodist Church Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Early Settlers of Eastland County (approx. 8.9 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Eastland (approx. 8.9 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 8.9 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. 9 miles away); Early Banking in Eastland (approx. 9 miles away); Eastland County World War I Memorial (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carbon.
 
Also see . . .  Early Twentieth Century Calaboose in the Texas Borderlands. Journal of Texas Archeology and History (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Carbon City Jail from the street image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
3. The Carbon City Jail from the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 29 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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