Details for Hemphill County Jail (Atlas Number 5211002434)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5211002434


Marker Number 2434
Atlas Number 5211002434
Marker Title Hemphill County Jail
Index Entry Hemphill County Jail
City Canadian
County Hemphill
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 375182
UTM Northing 3975021
Subject Codes jails and prisons
Marker Year 1970
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location Courthouse Square, Main & 5th Street, Canadian
Marker Size Medallion and Plate
Marker Text Built in 1890, first permanent public building in both town of Canadian and Hemphill County. Erected under administration of E. E. Polly, first county judge. Ironically, deception plagued construction of this jail, as building contracts were found to be fraudulent and citizens took legal action all the way to the Texas Supreme Court (1889). In mid-1920s, jail held outlaws from notorious oil boom town of Borger (65 miles southwest). Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1970.