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1894 BLANCO COUNTY JAIL
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Blanco County jail, Johnson City, Texas
Blanco County Jail, Johnson City, Texas
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009

1894 BLANCO COUNTY JAIL

Noting the unhealthy dampness of the basement where prisoners were first kept after the Blanco County seat was moved to Johnson City, the commissioners court ordered the construction of this jail facility in 1893. Completed the following year, the jailhouse was built of limestone by J.E.L. (Kergie) Dildine (1853-1925), a rock mason who came to Blanco County from Kansas in the 1880's. Despite an 1897 jailbreak, the facility has continued in use, with interior modifications to meet state jail standards.
Historical Marker information above courtesy of Terry Jeanson.

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Johnson City TX Blanco County 1894 Jail historical marker
Blanco County Jail Historical Marker
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, June 2009
Blanco County jail, Johnson City, Texas
Blanco County Jail as it appeared in 2005
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
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