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Archer County Museum (Archer County Jail)

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1910. 100 N. Sycamore St.

The rock-faced brown sandstone jail accommodated the sheriff’s family on the first floor, while second and third floors contained cells and a gallows (never used). Over eight thousand prisoners were held here over the years until a new jail was built in 1974. The west facade has two short towers with a sturdy porch with square piers between, something of a miniature version of the courthouse (AQ1). A similar porch is on the south side. Red barrel-tile roofs have exposed rafter tails.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Archer County Museum (Archer County Jail)", [Archer City, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 315-315.

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