Fort Davis in Jeff Davis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Jeﬀ Davis County Jail
This jail structure was built in 1910–1911 along with a new county courthouse; the two buildings replaced an adobe courthouse and jail structure built in 1880, when Fort Davis was the seat of Presidio County. Architect L.L. Thurman of Dallas designed both the new courthouse and jail, and Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky, was contracted to construct both buildings.
The structure is a small–scale example of the fortress-style jails and prisons that were popular in the United States during the 19th century. The one-story jail building was constructed with pressed concrete block which was plastered and scored to resemble ashlar blocks. A crenellated parapet tops the four exterior walls. The interior is divided into four rooms, including a front entryway and office, a kitchen, a jailer's bedroom, and the cell block that included the entire rear portion of the building.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16485.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
Location. 30° 35.277′ N, 103° 53.704′ W. Marker is in Fort Davis, Texas, in Jeff Davis County. Marker is at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and State Street (Texas Highway 17), on the left when traveling west on Woodward Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 W Woodward Ave, Fort Davis TX 79734, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Confederate President Jefferson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeff Davis County (within shouting distance of this marker); Jeff Davis County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Fort Davis CSA T/SGT. Manuel S. Gonzales (about 300 feet away); Hotel Limpia (about 500 feet away); Union Mercantile (about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of Fort Davis (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Davis.
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