Pickens in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Manly Portable Convict Cage
The People's Journal reported in the issue of March 19, 1903: "As the Pickens County, S.C., portable caravansary, made for the county chain-gang, passed through Pickens on Saturday the earth trembled. It might prove a solution of the road problem, if enough mules could be attached to it to draw it over the county. It is a road picker."
The men who worked on the roads in the county and who slept in the cage at night were often serving short sentences. On weekends, their families sometimes visited them
After the county acquired gasoline powered trucks and machinery in the 1930s the cage ceased to be used.
Location. 34° 52.817′ N, 82° 42.333′ W. Marker is in Pickens, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Johnson Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the southern end of the museum parking lot, near the Pendleton Street entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 307 Johnson Street, Pickens SC 29671, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pickens County Museum (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); General Andrew Pickens Charted the Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pickens County Buffalo Soldiers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pickens County Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial To the Valiant Citizen-Soldiers of Pickens County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General Andrew Pickens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Joab Mauldin (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Pickens (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pickens.
Regarding Manly Portable Convict Cage. The Manly Portable Convict Cage was manufactured and sold by the Manly Steel Company. This company is still in operation and headquartered in Dalton Georgia.
Categories. • 20th Century • Government •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,704 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 26, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.