Old Pickens County Jail

Old Pickens County Jail (HMA1O)

Location: Jasper, GA 30143 Pickens County
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N 34° 28.184', W 84° 25.871'

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This 1906 jail was built to replace the old rock jail that stood behind the courthouse. The rock jail had replaced the first county jail, a two-story log building. Dr. William B. Tate urged the construction of the jail as a grand juror and on two Citizens Committees. The architects were J.W. Coluke and Co.; contractors were William L. Landrum and son. The steel work was installed by the Pauly Jail Co. of St. Louis, Mo., specifically by Luthor Cartwright, who while here married and, eventually settled in Jasper. He later supervised construction of the pink marble mansion in Tate. The work on the front of the jail was done by Lee W. Prather, a local stone worker, using marble from the Delaware Quarry at nearby Marble Hill. The Delaware Quarry was opened c. 1840 by pioneer marble entrepreneur Henry Fitzsimmons.

The jail still has a gallows (non-functioning) although no one was ever executed on this device. The most regular residents of the jail were the sheriffs and their families, who lived here rent free. The jail was ordered closed by a federal court order in 1980. The well in the rear, now filled in, provided water for the hundreds of people who came to Jasper for singing conventions.
HM NumberHMA1O
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number112-6
Year Placed1986
Placed ByGeorgia Historic Marker
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 11:51am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 735939 N 3817235
Decimal Degrees34.46973333, -84.43118333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 28.184', W 84° 25.871'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 28' 11.04" N, 84° 25' 52.26" W
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Area Code(s)706, 770, 678
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 54 D. B. Carrol St, Jasper GA 30143, US
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