Calabooses by County


Archer County

Austin County


Bandera County

Bee County

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Blanco County

Borden County

Brazoria County

Bosque County

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Brewster County

Burleson County

Burnet County


Calhoun County

Carson County

Cass County

Clay County

Coleman County

Collin County

Colorado County

Comanche County

Concho County

Cooke County

Coreyll County

Crosby County

Culberson County


Dallas County

Denton County

Dickens County


Eastland County

Ector County

Edwards County

El Paso County

Ellis County


Falls County

Fannin County

Fayette County

Freestone County

Frio County


Garza County

Galveston County

Goliad County

Gonzales County

Gray County

Grayson County

Grimes County

Guadalupe County


Hall County

Hamilton County

Hardeman County

Harris County

Haskell County

Hays County

Hemphill County

Hidalgo County

Hill County

Houston County

Hudspeth County


Jefferson County


Kaufman County

Kendall County

Kent County

Kinney County

Knox County


Lavaca County

Lamar County

La Salle County

Leon County


McLennan County

McMullen County


Mason County

Maverick County

Medina County

Milam County

Montague County

Morris County


Nacogdoches County

Navarro County


Parker County

Presidio County


Reagan County

Real County

Refugio County

Rockwall County

Runnels County


Scurry County

Shackelford County

Smith County

Somervell County

Starr County

Stonewall County


Tarrant County

Terry County


Upton County

Uvalde County


Ward County

Wharton County

Wilbarger County

Williamson County

Wilson County

Wood County


Zavala County



3 thoughts on “Calabooses

  1. Mark Churilla

    Mr. Moore, I enjoyed your Texas Calaboose story in Texas Coop Power. I have a photo on my phone that was taken at what was known as the Dessau Dance Hall, NE Travis County, Dessau Road at Howard Lane. About 18 years ago I was told this metal box used as a holding cell that would be placed on a wagon to haul offenders to Travis Co. Jail. The Dance Hall was infamous for unacceptable behavior (alcohol,dancing, women) early in the last century. This is very similar to the other iron Calaboose pictured on your web page. Please share any info you may have on this holding cell. Thanks. Mark Churilla.

    1. Bill Post author


      These metal cages, cells, or jails were most often inside a wooden building. Some were made locally and others were ordered from companies who manufactured jail cells. I suspect that the one in Travis County was inside a building. It could have been placed on a wagon but I think that is highly unlikely. If you look at Grayson County (Dennison) under Cages and Cells you will see what a portable metal jail usually looked like. Also, go to Other Jails and look for Sequin, Texas and you will see one made of wood. I cannot say for sure that either is true but based on my research I do believe it was inside a building. I would like permission to use your pictures. I want to see this one in person so I can get measurements. Can you give me directions?


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