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Lower Lake in Lake County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lower Lake Stone Jail

 
 
Lower Lake Stone Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2008
1. Lower Lake Stone Jail Marker
Inscription. Built in 1876 at the height of the quicksilver mining boom, the Lower Lake stone jail was a response to rapid town growth and the urgent need for civil order. Stephen Nicolai, one of the first stone masons in Lower Lake, built the jail from local materials along with the help of Theodore and John Copsey. The jail is one of the smallest in the United States.

California Registered Landmark No. 429

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with the ancient and honorable order of E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1, October 2, 1982.

[On the reverse side of this monument is marker (see picture 2, below) that reads]:
Theodore and John Copsey commemorated the completion of the jail by overcelebrating, thus becoming the jailís first occupants. Rumor has it that they were also the first escapees – as they had failed to bolt down the roof. ECV October, 1982.
 
Erected 1982 by California State Department of Parks and Recreation and E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1. (Marker Number 429.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.622′ N, 122° 36.672′ 
Lower Lake Stone Jail Marker - Reverse Side image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2008
2. Lower Lake Stone Jail Marker - Reverse Side
W. Marker is in Lower Lake, California, in Lake County. Marker is on Main Street 0.1 miles east of California Route 29, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16118 Main Street, Lower Lake CA 95457, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clearlake Lodge #130 I.O.O.F. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lower Lake Schoolhouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stone House (approx. 7.3 miles away); Ranch House (approx. 10.8 miles away); First Church in Middletown (approx. 11 miles away); First Methodist Church Site (approx. 11 miles away); Old Bull Trail Road and St. Helena Toll Road (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
NSGW plaque above the doorway of the Lower Lake Stone Jail image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein
3. NSGW plaque above the doorway of the Lower Lake Stone Jail
Dedicated to the service
of the
People of California
by the
Native Sons of the Golden West
Grand President ~ Joseph B. Perez
January 13, 1968
Lower Lake Stone Jail and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, March 1, 2008
4. Lower Lake Stone Jail and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,686 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 23, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   3. submitted on May 16, 2011, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.   4. submitted on June 23, 2008, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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