Floor Plans

INTRODUCTION

The sample consists of ____ calabooses that vary in size from one room or cell to three cells.  Those with only one cell comprise the largest group in the sample with ___ examples.   Those with two cells number __ and only ____ calabooses have three cells.  Although a photograph of each structure is included in the body of this report, these images do not always clearly portray the arrangement of the interior rooms.  Therefore, examples of the various floor plans are illustrated below.  Not every calaboose was open and available for the interior to be examined. Only those with known floor plans are included here.  The location and size of windows and doors vary from calaboose to calaboose.  In some cases, a metal cage with one or more cells was present.

Calabooses With One Cell

1a – These calabooses have only one door in the front of the building.  It is usually in the center but in a few cases it may be offset to the right or left. The cell consists of an open room that may have had furniture and/or plumbing and electricity.

1b – These calabooses have only one door in the front of a building with two rooms. The front area was used by law enforcement and often had some furniture and on occasion electricity. These rooms may have been used as a cell when the actual cell was overcrowded. Behind this room is one cell.

1c – These calabooses have only one door in the front of the building that opens to a small open room. The door may be to the right or left of center. The single cell is opposite the entry room.

1d – These calabooses have only one door in the front of the building that opens to a room with a metal cell inside. The door may be to the right or left of center. Although this floor plan may be identical to some of those mentioned above, it is described separately because of the presence of a metal cage.

 

 Bedias Floor Plan JPEG NEW

Floor Plan 1a (Bedias Calaboose)

There are _____ calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are  Bedias, Best, Burlington, Carbon, Crandall, Deport, Florence, Fort Griffin, Gause, Grapevine, Hermleigh, Kemp, La Grange, Leflors, Linden, Lorenzo, Marquez, Merle, Monahans, Montague, Moore, Moran, Odell, Port O’Connor, Rochester, Rowena, Seadrift, Skidmore, Snook, Stiles, Stockdale, Tioga, and Weesatche. The illustration above is the floor plan for the Bedias calaboose.  The calabooses in Desdemona, Henrietta, Jewett, Jonah, Lefors, Lorenzo, Petrolia, Santa Anna, Trenton, Vanderpool, and Walburg appear to conform to this floor plan but this has not been confirmed.

 

 

Chillicothe copy

Floor Plan 1b (Chillicothe Calaboose)

There are five calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are in Chillicothe, Glazier, Pilot Point, Sealy, and Wallis.

 

Lakeview copy

Floor Plan 1c (Lakeview Calaboose)

There are three calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are Lakeview, leonard, and Plaska. The illustration above is the floor plan for the Lakeview calaboose. The calabooses in Desdemona, Jewitt, Petrolia, and Trenton may conform to this floor plan. Because entry was not possible, this has not been confirmed.

 

Weimar

Floor Plan 1d (Weimar Calaboose)

There are two calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are in Rochester and Weimar. The illustration above is the floor plan for the Weimar calaboose. Metal cages with only one cell that are no longer in a standing structure are found in Asherton, Blooming Grove, Candelaria, Crystal City, Dessau, Falls City, Helena, Hico, Lexington, McCamey, Marfa, Palo Pinto, and Tyler.

 

 Calabooses With Two Cells

2a – Calabooses with two cells side by side. There is no middle or dividing room that was used by law enforcement and possibly as a cell when the regular cells were overcrowded. Both doors open to the outside.

2b – Calabooses with two cells side by side. There is a middle or dividing room that was used by law enforcement and possibly as a cell when the regular cells were overcrowded. Both doors open to the outside.

2c – Calabooses with two cells side by side. There is a room in front that was used by law enforcement and possibly as a cell when the regular cells were overcrowded. There is only one door that opens to the outside.

2d – Calabooses with two rooms side by side and a large room to the left that was used by law enforcement and possibly as a cell when the regular cells were overcrowded. There is only one door that opens to the outside.

2e – Calabooses with two cells with doors at each end of the building that is divided by a wall in the center. The cells are usually equal in size. The middle door may be offset tot he right or left.

2f – Calabooses with two cells in a straight line. There is only one door to the outside at the front of the building. A door in the middle of the building leads to the second cell.

2g – Calabooses with two cells of equal size in a straight line. There is only one door to the outside at the front of the building. There are two interior doors. The first one connects the two cells and the second one leads to a formal bathroom.

2h –  Calabooses with only one door in the front of the building that opens to a room with two metal cells inside. The door may be to the right or left of center. Although this floor plan may be identical to some of those mentioned above, it is described separately because of the presence of a metal cage.

Somerville (2a) copy

Floor Plan 2a (Somerville Calaboose)

 There are 18 calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are Comfort, Corsicana, D’Hanis, East Bernard, Flatonia, Goldsmith, Goree, Holland, Holliday, Hubbard City, McGregor, Miles, Quemado, Rosebud, Royse City, San Marcos, Somerville, and Wortham. Location of windows may vary.

 

Caldwell (2b) copy

 Floor Plan 2b (Caldwell Calaboose)

 There is only one calaboose that fits the definition of this floor plan. It is in Caldwell. Location of windows may vary.

 

Boling (2c) copy

Floor Plan 2c

 There are five calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are Boling, Camp Wood, Jayton, Sabinal, and Van Alstyne.  Location of windows may vary.

 

Clifton (2d) copy

Floor Plan 2d (Clifton Calaboose)

 There is only one calaboose that fits the definition of this floor plan. Location of windows may vary. It is in Clifton.

 

Grapeland Floor Plan JPEG(1)

Floor Plan 2e (Grapeland Calaboose)

There are two calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are in Cameron and Grapeland.

 

Turkey

Floor Plan 2f (Turkey Calaboose)

There is only one calaboose that is known to fit the definition of this floor plan.  It is in Turkey. The calaboose in La Coste may also be an example but the interior was not examined.

 

Thorndale Floor Plan JPEG

Floor Plan 2g (Thorndale Calaboose)

 There is only one calaboose that fits the definition of this floor plan. It is in Thorndale.

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Floor Plan 2h

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Floor Plan 2i (Crawford Calaboose)

There are three calabooses that fit the definition of this floor plan. They are in Crawford, Spofford, and Van Horn. Metal cages with two cells that are not in a standing structure are found in Bremond, Corsicana, Eagle Lake, Knox City, La Plata, on the campus of Lamar University, La Pryor, Leakey, Montgomery, Sabinal, Sour Lake, and Teague. There are two standing calabooses where metal cages with two cells were once present. They are in Eagle Lake and Sabinal.

Calabooses With Three Cells

3a – Calabooses with one large cell in the front and a single door to the outside. The other two cells are on the back with separate doors.

3b – Calabooses with three cells side by side with doors that open from each cell to the outside.

3c – Calabooses with three free standing metal cells or cages on the inside.

 

Bartlett Floor Plan JPEG NEW

Floor Plan 3a (Bartlett Calaboose)

There is only one calaboose that fits the definition of this floor plan. It is in Bartlett. The floor plan depicted here is for the calaboose in Bartlett.

 

Granger Floor Plan JPEG

Floor Plan 3b

 There is only one calaboose that fits the definition of this floor plan. It is in Granger. The floor plan depicted here is for the calaboose in Granger. The calaboose in Barksdale may also be an example of this floor plan but this has not been verified at this time.

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