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Licking County Historic Jail

 
 
Licking County Historic Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
1. Licking County Historic Jail Marker
Inscription.  Designed by J. W. Yost, a renowned Ohio architect, the jail first opened for use in 1889 and closed in 1987. The front three levels were built to house the families of the sheriff and the jail matron. The rear portion of the building was used for the incarceration of male and female prisoners on separate floors. The 32 cells, each a minimum of 8' x 8' in size, had an official capacity of 68 prisoners.

On July 8, 1910 Carl Etherington, a detective with the Anti-Saloon League of Ohio, had come to Newark to raid saloons and speakeasies for illegal alcohol. Etherington shot a local saloon owner in self-defense and was taken to the jail. A mob formed and the crowd stormed the north side door of the jail, forcibly removing Etherington, and hanged him from a telephone pole on the southeast corner of the courthouse square.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Law Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is July 8, 1910.
 
Location. 40° 3.362′ N, 82° 24.047′ W. Marker is in Newark, Ohio, in Licking County. Marker is on South 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 S 2nd Street, Newark OH 43055, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Licking County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); The Works Museum (here, next to this marker); Louis Sullivan Building (here, next to this marker); The Midland Theatre (here, next to this marker); The Pennsylvania Train Station (here, next to this marker); Sherwood-Davidson House (a few steps from this marker); The National Heisey Glass Museum (a few steps from this marker); The Great Circle Earthworks (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
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Licking County Historic Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, September 2, 2022
2. Licking County Historic Jail Marker
<i>The old Licking County sheriff's residence and jail in Newark, Ohio</i> image. Click for full size.
Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, October 11, 2016
3. The old Licking County sheriff's residence and jail in Newark, Ohio
"Designed by Ohio architect J.W. Yost, the Richardsonian Romanesque-style pink sandstone building opened in 1889. The building last held inmates in 1987. Now overseen by the Licking County Governmental Preservation Society, it is a popular site for ghost-hunting events, especially around the deliberately scary Halloween holiday." - Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio.   3. submitted on September 13, 2022. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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