Jamestown Branch Jail

Jamestown Branch Jail (HMMHC)

Location: Jamestown, CA 95327 Tuolumne County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 57.218', W 120° 25.402'

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California's gold country was in the midst of a second gold rush when the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved construction of a Jamestown Branch Jail. It was designed by Sonora architect C.W. Ayers and built by A.S. Thomas for $1060.00, it was ready for its first inmate in January 1898 with Constable John W. "Jack" Leland in charge. The 400 square foot wood, concrete and brick building was used as a temporary detention facility until inmates could be taken to the county jail in Sonora or released after a night on the town. The Jamestown Branch Jail served the community until 1940 when all services were moved to Sonora. In 1964, R.W. Pollard purchased the building and moved it to Pollardville, his theme park near Stockton. When Pollardville was sold in 2007, the Jamestown Jail returned home 125 feet east of its original location. This historic building is owned by the people of Tuolumne County.
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2008
Placed ByMatuca Chapter 1849, E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 9:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 726382 N 4203802
Decimal Degrees37.95363333, -120.42336667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 57.218', W 120° 25.402'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 57' 13.08" N, 120° 25' 24.12" W
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Area Code(s)209
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18226 Main St, Jamestown CA 95327, US
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