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

Hemphill County Jail

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
1. Hemphill County Jail Marker
Inscription.  Built in 1890. First permanent public building in both town of Canadian and Hemphill County. Erected under administration of E. E. Polly, first county judge.

Ironically, deception plagued construction of this jail, as building contracts were found to be fraudulent and citizens took legal action all the way to the Texas Supreme Court (1889).

In mid-1920s, jail held outlaws from notorious oil boom town of Borger (65 miles southwest).

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2434.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 35° 54.763′ N, 100° 22.994′ W. Marker is in Canadian, Texas, in Hemphill County. Marker is on East Purcell Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 East Purcell Avenue, Canadian TX 79014, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Hemphill (within shouting distance of this marker); R. Dick Bussell (within shouting distance
Hemphill County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
2. Hemphill County Jail Marker
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of this marker); W.C.T.U. Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jones Mansion (about 600 feet away); First Church Bell (about 700 feet away); First National Bank of Canadian (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moody Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Baptist Church of Canadian (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canadian.
 
Hemphill County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2016
3. Hemphill County Jail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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