Details for Carbon City Jail (Atlas Number 5507017695)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507017695


Marker Number 17695
Atlas Number 5507017695
Marker Title Carbon City Jail
Index Entry Carbon City Jail
City Carbon
County Eastland
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 516203
UTM Northing 3570518
Subject Codes Law Enforcement
Marker Year 2013
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size RTHL medallion and 16" x 12" plaque with post
Marker Text During a jailbreak, Carbon’s 1905 jail was destroyed, resulting in the need for a more substantial calaboose. Built in 1921, this unadorned square plan building is composed of reinforced concrete walls and a steel door. The structure had no lights or heat, and was intended as temporary holding until prisoners were transferred to other cities. The building often stood vacant, and during WWII it was used for occasional scrap drive collections. Local brides and grooms were sometimes locked up on their wedding nights. Today the jail is a rare surviving example of a once-common building type in Texas towns.