Montgomery County Rotary Jail

Montgomery County Rotary Jail (HMVCJ)

Location: Crawfordsville, IN 47933 Montgomery County
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N 40° 2.628', W 86° 54.092'

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This jail and sheriff's residence built 1882. First rotary jail built in U. S. constructed to plans based on patented design of William H. Brown and Benjamin F. Haugh of Indianapolis. In use until 1973. Opened as museum and restoration begun 1975. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1975.

Circular cell block has sixteen wedge-shaped cells on a two-story turntable around a central shaft. Design promised better prisoner security and jailer safety. Cell block immobilized 1930's as hazard to prisoners. County jails first established 1792 under laws of Northwest Territory; continued under laws of Indiana Territory and State Constitutions of 1816 and 1851.
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number54.2000.1
Year Placed2000
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau and Montgomery County Cultural Foundation, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 4:48pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 508399 N 4432623
Decimal Degrees40.04380000, -86.90153333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 2.628', W 86° 54.092'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 2' 37.68" N, 86° 54' 5.52" W
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Area Code(s)765
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 251-299 N Washington St, Crawfordsville IN 47933, US
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