“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbia City in Whitley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Whitley County Jail

Whitley County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
Whitley County Historical Museum
1. Whitley County Jail Marker
Inscription.  The first public building in Whitley County was a log jail built in 1840 on the southeast corner on what is now the courthouse square. That jail cost $490. It was burned in 1855 by a prisoner awaiting trial.

A second two story jail was built in 1855 costing $5,244 at the site of the present City Hall.

This jail and sheriff's residence was erected in 1875 and occupied in 1876 at a cost of $34,486. At that time, it was considered one of the best jails in Indiana and a credit to Whitley County.

A portion of the fence that once enclosed the jail yard stands with this marker.
Erected 1975 by Whitley County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 41° 9.341′ N, 85° 29.221′ W. Marker is in Columbia City, Indiana, in Whitley County. Marker is on South Washington Street north of East Ellsworth Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia City IN 46725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Whitley County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 23, 2013
2. Whitley County Jail Marker
Portion of jail yard fence in front of marker
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of this marker. Whitley County (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whitley County Korean War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Whitley County Civil War Memorial (about 700 feet away); Thomas Riley Marshall (about 800 feet away); Ralph F. Gates (about 800 feet away); Valiant Men and Women of Whitley County (about 800 feet away); Marshall, McNagny & Clugston (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Thomas R. Marshall (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia City.
Also see . . .  Whitley County Historical Museum. Museum website (Submitted on August 2, 2013.) 
Whitley County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, August 23, 2013
3. Whitley County Jail
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2013. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 2, 2013.   2, 3. submitted on August 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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