Old Ellis County Jail

Old Ellis County Jail (HM2ALQ)

Location: Waxahachie, TX 75165 Ellis County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 23.199', W 96° 50.849'

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Due to overcrowding in the existing jail facility, this structure was completed in 1888. The Ellis County Commissioners Court awarded the contract to Pauly Jail Building and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis, Missouri. A round turret with conical roof dominates the design. Decorative brick corbeling runs below the cornice.

The two-story brick and stone jail contained the Sheriff's family residence on the first floor. There were twenty 4'X8' cells which accommodated two prisoners each. The solitary confinement and death cells were in the basement. A rotary system, one of the few in the United States, was installed to prevent escapes. A cylinder contained a group of ten cells. The outer walls were stationary jail bars with only one opening. The cylinder turned to provide access to the single door.

The entire jail yard was enclosed by a fence of iron bars. Bloodhounds were kept in the yard in the early days.

After a new county jail was constructed in 1929, this facility housed the relief work commission during the Depression. Afterward a variety of commercial enterprises occupied the space.
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 20th, 2018 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 702479 N 3585332
Decimal Degrees32.38665000, -96.84748333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 23.199', W 96° 50.849'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 23' 11.94" N, 96° 50' 50.94" W
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Area Code(s)972, 214, 469
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Rogers Street, Waxahachie TX 75165, US
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