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Decatur in Wise County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Stone Prison

 
 
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By James R. Murray
1. The Old Stone Prison Marker
Inscription. First stone house in Decatur. Erected by prison labor about 1859. Main house was residence of sheriff or deputy. Basement was used as jail. Meals were sent down a dumb-waiter located outside the east end of the house.

County sold property in 1888 to A.H. Whitehead. Used as city water works until 1938. Kept as private residence until 1967 when purchased by Wise County Historical Society as museum.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1968

 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3821.)
 
Location. 33° 13.999′ N, 97° 35.148′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Texas, in Wise County. Marker is at the intersection of East Pecan Street and South Market Street, on the left when traveling east on East Pecan Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 E Pecan St, Decatur TX 76234, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wise County Messenger (within shouting distance of this marker); Wise County War Memorial (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wise County C.S.A. (about 500 feet away); Charles Vernon Terrell
The Old Stone Prison Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray
2. The Old Stone Prison Marker
(about 500 feet away); Randolph Vesey (about 500 feet away); Captain George W. Stevens (about 500 feet away); Colonel Absalom Bishop (about 600 feet away); First National Bank of Decatur (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 20, 2017, by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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