Details for San Jacinto County Jail (Atlas Number 5407007669)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5407007669


Marker Number 7669
Atlas Number 5407007669
Marker Title San Jacinto County Jail
Index Entry San Jacinto County Jail
City Coldspring
County San Jacinto
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 295773
UTM Northing 3386771
Subject Codes jails and prisons
Marker Year 1982
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location just north of FM 1514 on Slade St. behind high school
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Noted for rare but never used hangman's trap. Second jail for San Jacinto County which was organized 1871, this structure was built in 1887 by L. T. Noyes of Houston. Later, the Southern Structural Steel Company of San Antonio installed cells and the unusual execution device. That firm also built annex in 1911. In 1915 San Jacinto County's frame courthouse burned. When a new brick courthouse was built a quarter-mile to the southwest, axis of the town shifted from area of the jail, which still serves its official role.