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Sonora in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Tuolumne County Jail

1857 – 1960

 
 
Tuolumne County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
1. Tuolumne County Jail Marker
Inscription. Following a Grand Jury indictment terming the current county jail a “public nuisance,” this site was acquired by the Board of Supervisors and a new jail constructed in 1857. The original building burned on December 20, 1865, taking the life of inmate Tom Horn who had started the fire in his cell.

Using some salvaged material from the prior jail, the present structure was completed in 1866. Quarters for the jailer were added to the front at a later date, and the jail served the County of Tuolumne until 1960 when the county justice building on the adjacent lot to the north was erected and this building dedicated as the County Museum.
 
Erected 1973 by Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors and the Tuolumne County Historical Society. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 37° 59.022′ N, 120° 23.131′ W. Marker is in Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker can be reached from West Bradford Avenue west of Lower Sunset Drive, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is mounted on the front Tuolumne County Museum and History Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 158 West Bradford Avenue, Sonora CA 95370, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
Front of Building Displaying Markers image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
2. Front of Building Displaying Markers
This marker is the far left marker seen next to the window. The Donald Inch Segerstrom Memorial Plaque is to the left of the entrance door and the National Register of Historic Places designation plaque is to the right of the entrance door.
this marker. Jedediah Strong Smith (a few steps from this marker); Tuolumne County Courthouse (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tuolumne County Albert N. Francisco Building (about 700 feet away); Site of the First Office of The Union Democrat (about 800 feet away); Veterans Memorial Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Home of Wells Fargo & Company in Sonora (approx. 0.2 miles away); Original Site of the Sonora Daily (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Sonora Plaza Well (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sonora.
 
Also see . . .  Tuolumne County Jail. Tom Horn, a miner from nearby Columbia, who on December 20 of 1865, raised a little too much havoc in the local saloons was locked up for the night. He set a fire in his cell that resulted in the destruction of the jail and his cremation. (Submitted on June 27, 2010.) 
 
Categories. GovernmentNotable Buildings
 
Jail Cell Windows image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
3. Jail Cell Windows
View of building and jail cell windows seen from Lower Sunset Drive.
Tuolumne County Museum and History Center image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
4. Tuolumne County Museum and History Center
Donald Inch Segerstrom image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
5. Donald Inch Segerstrom
1919 – 1973
Editor, historian, and miner
He brought light to the past
and warmth to the present.
This marker is placed as a
memorial this 17th day of
November 1973
Matuca Chapter E Clampus Vitus
National Historic Landmark Designation Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 13, 2010
6. National Historic Landmark Designation Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 905 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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