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Wanted : Historic County Jails of Texas

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Along with the settlement of the Texas frontier came rustlers, public drunks, gunfighters, and other outlaws. A jail in which to incarcerate the lawbreakers was thus often the first public building raised in a new town. Later, as government developed, public buildings-notably county courthouses and jails-assumed not only practical but also symbolic importance. The architecture of these buildings in the nineteenth century reflected the power and status with which the community imbued the government; many of the same architects applied the aesthetic standards of the day to both. In later years, the safety and at least limited comfort of the prisoners became concerns and jails were remodeled or abandoned to other uses in favor of modern, more utilitarian structures. In this heavily illustrated guide to the historic county jails of Texas, Edward A. Blackburn Jr. takes readers to each of the 254 counties in the state, presenting brief histories of the counties and the structures that housed their criminals. He provides general information about the architecture and location of the buildings and, when possible, describes the present uses of those that have been decommissioned. Interviews with local officials, historians, and newspaper publishers have yielded colorful anecdotes for many of the jails. Revealing photographs of many of the old jails have been gathered from local and archival sources, and Blackburn himself has taken pictures of extant buildings. Together, these words and images not only provide a survey of the way Texans have housed their criminals, but also, with the aid of thumbnail maps of county locations, offer residents and tourists throughout the state a guide to a fascinating aspect of architectural and cultural history.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 424 pages
  • 182.9 x 259.1 x 30.5mm | 1,111.31g
  • Texas A & M University Press
  • College Station, United States
  • English
  • 179 b&w photos, 254 maps, 3 apps., bib., index
  • 1585443085
  • 9781585443086

Review quote

..."no author hereto-fore has successfully produced an inventory of historic jails in all the state's 254 counties....(This) fills a gap in the history of county buildings, including those well known and those eagerly sought by mobile and armchair heritage tourists." It should reach a wide audience in Texana readers, historic preservationists, and scholars. The authors are to be commended for their diligent field work and research.-T. Lindsay Baker, Director, W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, Tarleton State University -- T. Lindsay Baker, Director, W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, "It should reach a wide audience in Texana readers, historic preservationists, and scholars. The authors are to be commended for their diligent field work and research."--T. Lindsay Baker, Director, W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, Tarleton State Universityshow more

About Edward A. Blackburn

EDWARD A. BLACKBURN JR., a retired Houston physician, visited all 254 Texas counties to collect information and photographs, both historical and contemporary. He has long had an interest in Texas history and is an avid collector of Texana.show more

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