Lower Lake Stone Jail

Lower Lake Stone Jail (HM5CY)

Location: Lower Lake, CA 95457 Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 54.622', W 122° 36.672'

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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 jail's first occupants. Rumor has it that they were also the first escapees - as they had failed to bolt down the roof. ECV October, 1982.
HM NumberHM5CY
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Marker Number429
Year Placed1982
Placed ByCalifornia State Department of Parks and Recreation and E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 10:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 533709 N 4306901
Decimal Degrees38.91036667, -122.61120000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.622', W 122° 36.672'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 37.32" N, 122° 36' 40.32" W
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Area Code(s)707
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16110 Main St, Lower Lake CA 95457, US
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