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Austin County Jail Museum, Bellville

#454 of 603 in Museums in Texas
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Calling their old jail "unsafe, unfit, and inadequate," the Austin County Court contracted in 1896 with Pauly Jail Building Co. of St. Louis to erect this structure at cost of $19,970. Romanesque Revival style, with crenelated parapets, bartizans, and stone window arches harmonized with the 1886 courthouse, which later burned. The gallows, used only in 1901, have been removed; jailer's quarters have been enlarged; but original exterior is preserved. It was a functioning jail along with being the sheriff and his family's house until 1982. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1976

2016 Austin County Jail Museum Board Members:

President -Bruce Noviskie, Treasurer -Donna Jacob, John Sauer, Becky Larson, Sue Marcoulier,Charles Holmes, Vance Cooper, and Karen Lassiter-Fuller
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  • Bill was very informative and such a great guy. The jail museum is well done with displays on the main level and then the cells upstairs. It has been kept original which adds to the novelty of the...  more »
  • This is a very interesting museum. It is great to see how an old jail was used and lived in. Also the displays are very educational.  more »
  • This is a historical jail site that hosted a real hanging execution. However, outside of the first floor, that hosted the administration, the place is in need of repair. I gave it 4 stars because during the tour it still gave me the chills, and the tour guide was great.
  • As a resident who just moved here from PDX I think its okay. Nothing to exciting.

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