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WISE COUNTY JAIL

The Old Stone Prison
Texas Historic Landmark

201 E. Pecan Street
Decatur, Texas

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The Old Stone Prison, Wise County's first jail, was built around 1859 and served until 1883.
Wise County Jail Old Stone Prison,  DecaturTX
Old Stone Prison in Decatur, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
Historical Marker Text

OLD STONE PRISON

First stone house in Decatur. Erected by prison labor about 1859. Main house was residence of sheriff or deputy. Basement was used as jail. Meals were sent down a dumb-waiter located outside the east end of the house.

County sold property in 1888 to A. H. Whitehead. Used as city water works until 1938. Kept as private residence until 1967 when purchased by Wise County Historical Society as museum.
Wise County Jail Old Stone Prison historical marker,  DecaturTX
Old Stone Prison Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
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