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Coldspring in San Jacinto County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

San Jacinto County Jail

 
 
San Jacinto County Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 10, 2016
1. San Jacinto County Jail Marker
Inscription. Noted for rare but never used hangman's trap. Second jail for San Jacinto County which was organized 1871, this structure was built in 1887 by L.T. Noyes of Houston. Later, the Southern Structural Steel Company of San Antonio installed cells and the unusual execution device. That firm also built annex in 1911.

In 1915 San Jacinto County's frame courthouse burned. When a new brick courthouse was built a quarter-mile to the southwest, axis of the town shifted from area of the jail, which still serves its official role.
 
Erected 1982 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7669.)
 
Location. 30° 35.774′ N, 95° 7.709′ W. Marker is in Coldspring, Texas, in San Jacinto County. Marker is on Commercial Avenue 0.2 miles north of Byrd Avenue (County Route 1514), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coldspring TX 77331, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old San Jacinto County Jail (a few steps from this marker); Governor George Tyler Wood (approx. mile away); Townsite of Coldspring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Early Roads in Polk County
Old San Jacinto County Jail image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, August 10, 2016
2. Old San Jacinto County Jail
Note second marker on right corner of building. I didn't realize that marker was there until I looked at the picture.
(approx. 7.8 miles away); Site of the Town of Swartwout (approx. 7.9 miles away); Birthplace of Margo Jones (approx. 13.9 miles away); Locomotive No. 5 (approx. 13.9 miles away); Early Indian Trails (approx. 13.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coldspring.
 
Regarding San Jacinto County Jail. This building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Also see . . .  From the Texas Forest Trail website. (Submitted on August 11, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 11, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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