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Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail

 
 
Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2011
1. Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail Marker
Inscription. This 33 X 26 foot structure was built in 1858 from granite blocks quarried near Mormon Bar at a cost of 14,744.00 by J.O. Lovejoy. It originally had two stories and a gallows at the east end. In 1892 a fire gutted the building, taking the life of its only occupant, Thomas Truit. Reconstruction called for the removal of the upper story, the surplus granite to be used as retaining walls at the fairgrounds. Several prisoners have escaped over the years, usually by overpowering the guards. In 1935 two inmates escaped with outside help. Rivets were cut, and iron plate removed, and a stone block worked loose. Both escapees were captured in Oregon. The Old Stone Jail was condemned in 1963 and replace by a facility near the courthouse.
Dedicated by Matuca Chapter 1849
E Clampus Vitus June 9, 1979
Rededicated with new plaque
April 4, 1992
By Matuca Chapter (5997)

 
Erected 1979 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter No. 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 29.066′ N, 119° 57.81′ W. Marker is in Mariposa, California, in Mariposa County. Marker is on Bullion Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map
Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2011
2. Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail
The marker is to the left of the entrance.
. The Old Stone Jail is located between Fourth and Fifth Streets. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5012 Bullion Street, Mariposa CA 95338, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schlageter Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fremont Adobe (about 400 feet away); Mariposa Independent Order Odd Fellows Hall (about 500 feet away); St. Joseph's Catholic Church (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mariposa County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mariposa County Court House (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Mariposa County Court House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mariposa.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Mariposa County Jail. The old jail, while still looking capable of confining even the most heinous desperados, hasn’t held a prisoner since it was condemned in 1963. (Submitted on August 27, 2011.) 

2. Jail History. (Submitted on August 27, 2011.)
 
Additional keywords. jails
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Only Entrance to the Old Stone Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2011
3. The Only Entrance to the Old Stone Jail
Strong Bars on the Old Stone Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2011
4. Strong Bars on the Old Stone Jail
Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2011
5. Mariposa County’s Old Stone Jail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 556 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 24, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
 
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