(Former) Young County Jail, 1921

old county jail and back of old post office

Tex., Graham–Jail–Young County will vote May 3 on $40,000 jail bonds; W. H. Reeves, County Judge. (Manufacturers Record Publishing Co. Volume 79, May 5, 1921, p. 162. Baltimore, MD)

Graham was sorely in need of a new jail facility as the two story stone jail constructed in the 1800s was crumbling.  The 1921 replacement was three stories, with cell blocks on the third floor and a hanging gallows, which still remains in the building.

In 1984, the old facility became the area Crisis Center.  Three cell blocks were converted to form 5 bedrooms for families, with a shared bathroom, family area, and kitchen.  Efforts have been under way for a year to raise funds for a new facility for the crisis center. (Julianne Murrah, July 29, 2014. Crisis Center on the road to a new facility: Needs have outgrown the outdated building on the Square. Graham Leader.)

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4 Responses to (Former) Young County Jail, 1921

  1. socialbridge says:

    Hard to imagine this as a jail.

    • Suzassippi says:

      I grew up with it as a jail, so it is hard for me to imagine it as anything else! We used to look up at the third floor cell blocks and see prisoners standing in the windows.

      • socialbridge says:

        WOW, I can see how it would still feel jail-like to you. (We lived across from a big hospital once when I was a small kid and I remember watching the white coats racing up and down the long corridors at night. It terrified me!)

  2. Suzassippi says:

    And both hospitals and jails have that “institutional” look!

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