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Hill County Cell Block Museum (Hill County Jail)

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1893, W. C. Dodson. 120 N. Waco St.

With its irregular massing, opposed end gables, and wraparound porch, the jail could be mistaken for a fashionable period house, were it not for the aggressive crenellations along the cornice roofline, a typical fortification symbolism for a jail. The two-story buff brick jail has tall, narrow windows and a metal cornice. The front section accommodated the sheriff’s office, and the cells were at the rear. The jail closed in 1983, and the building converted to a museum.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Hill County Cell Block Museum (Hill County Jail)", [Hillsboro, 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, 267-267.

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