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Silverton in San Juan County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

County Jail

 
 
County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 6, 2021
1. County Jail Marker
Inscription.  

Historical
Walking Tour
County Jail
Built
1902

 
Erected by San Juan County Historical Society.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1902.
 
Location. 37° 48.906′ N, 107° 39.712′ W. Marker is in Silverton, Colorado, in San Juan County. Marker is at the intersection of Greene Street (County Highway 110) and West 15th Street, on the left when traveling north on Greene Street. The marker is located on the left side of the southeast door to the jail. The jail is a part of the San Juan County Historical Society Mining Heritage Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1557 Greene Street, Silverton CO 81433, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Juan County Historical Society Museum (a few steps from this marker); Silverton, Colorado (a few steps from this marker); S.R.R. Caboose (a few steps from this marker); Silverton Northern Caboose 1005 (a few steps from this marker); Court House (within
The view of the County Jail Marker on the southeast side of the building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 6, 2021
2. The view of the County Jail Marker on the southeast side of the building
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shouting distance of this marker); 1371 Greene (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Juan County Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Silverton.
 
Regarding County Jail. This San Juan County jail was built in 1902 by Silverton contractor Thomas Edwards at a fixed cost of $12,750. The escape proof facility was used to house prisoners until the early 1920s when it was abandoned due to the decline of population and crime in San Juan County.

In the 1930s the building became home to a small population of elderly miners, who were essentially wards of the County. Several death certificates held in the County archive identify the building as the County Poor House during this time period.

In 1965, the San Juan County Historical Society signed a 99-year lease of the structure from the County and the building has housed their museum collections since that time. In 1979, a heavy snow load collapsed the roof, which was the beginning of numerous major repairs. Over the ensuing years, the building's maintenance has been a combined volunteer effort of concerned citizens and the San Juan County Historical
Jailor’s desk inside jail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 7, 2021
3. Jailor’s desk inside jail
Society members.

In 2009 the San Juan County Historical Society (SJCHS) and the State Historical Fund of History Colorado, partnered in a major three phase complete restoration of the historic jail facility. As a result, the building has been painstakingly restored to its original splendor, right down to original room interior paint colors. The project was completed in 2012 at a total cost of $626,000. Many thanks to all parties concerned on this unique and historically important preservation project. Source: San Juan County Historical Society
 
Medical room of the jail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 7, 2021
4. Medical room of the jail
San Juan County Jail image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 6, 2021
5. San Juan County Jail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 82 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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Jan. 30, 2023