Old Dauphin County Prison

Old Dauphin County Prison (HM42N)

Location: Harrisburg, PA 17101 Dauphin County
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N 40° 15.663', W 76° 52.972'

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The second Dauphin County Prison stood on the southeast corner of Walnut and Court Streets. Completed in 1841, it replaced a log structure erected circa 1792 at the time that the first Dauphin County Courthouse was built directly behind this property on Market Street. In 1899, the Prison was enlarged through the addition of a third story and expanded exterior walls by employing similar gothic and castle-like architectural features to that of the earlier prison building. Although the Prison's physical adjacency to the Courthouse ended in 1943 when the present Courthouse was completed at nearby Front and Market Streets, the Prison continued in use until 1956 when the current Dauphin County Prison in Swatara Township was opened. The old Prison was demolished the following year.
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The Prison is shown in 1904 from Court Street toward Walnut Street with added third story and new facade. Note the second Dauphin County Courthouse cupola in the background.
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1885 view of the original prison completed in 1841 prior to its alterations in 1899.
HM NumberHM42N
Series This marker is part of the Pennsylvania: The Harrisburg History Project series
Placed ByThe Harrisburg History Project Commissioned by Mayor Stephen R. Reed
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 1:18am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 339887 N 4458432
Decimal Degrees40.26105000, -76.88286667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.663', W 76° 52.972'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 39.78" N, 76° 52' 58.32" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 212-218 Walnut St, Harrisburg PA 17101, US
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