Details for Old Freestone Jail (Atlas Number 5161009879)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5161009879


Marker Number 9879
Atlas Number 5161009879
Marker Title Old Freestone Jail
Index Entry Freestone Jail, Old
Address Main & Hall St.
City Fairfield
County Freestone
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 769276
UTM Northing 3513561
Subject Codes jails and prisons
Marker Year 1967
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size Medallion & Plate
Marker Text Built 1857 to meet fortress-like specifications: interior walls are 18 inches thick, outer walls, 30 inches. Constructed of brick and oak timbers. Prison, upstairs, had floor of thick oak planks, with subfloor of iron. Jailer lived on ground floor. Folklore says the notorious gunman John Wesley Hardin once spent a night here. This was used as a jail until 1913. It became a museum in 1967. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967