Vanished

Introduction

When I started this project, I looked at Sanborn fire insurance maps in order to confirm location and dates of construction of known calabooses when possible.  These maps also depicted calabooses that were not known to me and many of these are no longer present.  Therefore, the purpose of this part of the website is to document the towns where calabooses used to be and provide as much information as possible about them such as location, size, and materials used in their construction.  In many cases, there are no recent Sanborn maps for Texas towns.  Those available online at the Perry-Casteñada Library cover the years from 1877 to 1948.   Therefore, there are probably numerous towns with calabooses that were constructed after 1948 that I am not aware of.  Also, the Sanborn Company did not map every town in Texas, and many small communities were not visited.  In some cases, there is only one map for a town or the maps that were drafted did not cover the entire town.  I am making my best effort to contact as many persons and agencies as possible to see if any of these calabooses are still standing and if others were built after the date of the latest map reviewed, and I have found a few using this method.

The only structures depicted here are those labelled as a calaboose or small one-story buildings regardless of how they are referred to on the map.  In addition, I am keeping a record of how these very small jails are referred to on the Sanborn maps. I have learned that the vast majority of small, one-story jails are referred to as a calaboose while some are called lockups or jails.   In Carrizo Springs, there was a one-story rock structure that the mappers labelled as a county jail.  Because of its apparent small size it is included as a possible calaboose.  In 1900, there was a two-story brick building in El Paso labelled as a calaboose.  Normally, this type of structure would be referred to as a county jail but it needs to be remembered that the word calaboose can be applied to any building that was used for the detention of prisoners.

Those calabooses that are discussed below are arranged alphabetically by town within the County.


A

Angelina County

Aransas County

Archer County

Armstrong County

Austin County

B

Bailey County

Bandera County

Bastrop County

Bee County

Bell County

Bosque County

Brazos County

Brewster County

Brown County

Burleson County

C

Caldwell County

Cameron County

Cass County

Cherokee County

Clay County

Coke County

Collin County

Colorado County

Comanche County

Cooke County

Crane County

D

Dallas County

Denton County

DeWitt County

E

Eastland County

Ector County

El Paso County

Ellis County

Erath County

F

Falls County

Fannin County

Freestone County

G

Galveston County

Grayson County

Gregg County

Grimes County

Guadalupe County

H

Hale County

Hamilton County

Hardin County

Harris County

Hays County

Hemphill County

Henderson County

Hidalgo County

Hill County

Hunt County

I

None

J

Jack County

Jasper County

Jefferson County

Johnson County

K

Karnes County

Kaufman County

King County

L

Lampasas County

Lavaca County

Leon County

Liberty County

Limestone County

M

McLennan County

Medina County

Midland County

Milam County

Montague County

N

Nacogdoches County

Navarro County

Newton County

O

Orange County

P

Parker County

Potter County

Q

None

R

Randall County

Red River County

Robertson County

Rockwall County

Rusk County

S

Shackelford County

Shelby County

Smith County

Stonewall County

T

Tarrant County

Taylor County

Titus County

U

Upshur County

V

Van Zandt County

Victoria County

W

Walker County

Waller County

Washington County

Wharton County

Wichita County

Wilbarger County

Williamson County

Wise County

Wood County

X

None

Y

Young County

Z

None

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *