The Old Jefferson County Jail

The Old Jefferson County Jail (HM24RE)

Location: Madras, OR 97741 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 38.039', W 121° 7.721'

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On April 12, 1915 Jefferson County purchased a jail cell unit from E.T. Barnum Iron Works of Detroit Michigan. It consisted of a steel grating cage with two cells with a front prisoner's corridor. This unit was shipped by rail to the temporary newly built jail in Culver. After Madras became the official county seat it was decided to also relocate the jail to Madras. In 1918 a concrete pad was poured at this location and the cell unit was hauled from Culver and placed on this newly poured pad. This building was then constructed around the cell unit. The concrete wall and roof were mixed on site and carried by bucket up ladders and poured into the forms. Close examination show the horizontal imperfections. These are called cold joints when the workers stopped pouring and then continued the next day. It's estimated that it took 9 days to complete the concrete walls. No estimate on the time it took to pour the roof. In 1937 the Sheriff's department had a solid non see through wood fence installed in the same location as the one you see today to make a private exercise yard for the prisoners. So far no one can recall when the fence disappeared but probably rotted, fell down and hauled away.

The last known prisoners to be housed here was during the infamous trial of Jackson and Freeman in the last part of 1961. When the new jail

was completed in the basement of the replacement courthouse this facility was abandoned.
HM NumberHM24RE
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Date Added Friday, January 19th, 2018 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 648424 N 4943995
Decimal Degrees44.63398333, -121.12868333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 38.039', W 121° 7.721'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 38' 2.3400000000001" N, 121° 7' 43.26" W
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Area Code(s)541
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 SE 6th St, Madras OR 97741, US
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