Laclede County Jail - 1876 - Lebanon, MO
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N 37° 40.983 W 092° 39.888
15S E 529555 N 4170702
Quick Description: Historic former jail in Lebanon, Missouri
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/25/2020 7:52:26 AM
Waymark Code: WM120ND
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
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Long Description:

County of building: Laclede County
Location of building: Adams St. & 3rd St., next to courthouse, Lebanon
Architectural Style: Vernacular
Constructed by: J. Pauly and his brother

"The Laclede County Jail faces southwest from its setting on the southwest corner of the courthouse square in Lebanon, Missouri. The building is two stories, of brick construction resting on a rubble foundation, capped by a low pitched intersecting asphalt shingle hip roof, and is T-shaped. The south wing of the T is 20' X 41' and dates from 1876, while the north wing measuring 19' X 42' was added in 1913 as living quarters for the sheriff. This addition maintains continuity in form and material with the original portion of the building.

"Although the building is in need of repairs, it is structurally sound, and 1s maintained by the Laclede County Historical Society which uses the facility as a museum.

" ... after which the next order of business became the construction cf a new jail and accordingly the county ordered J. Pauly and his brother to build the third Laclede County Jail which was accomplished for the sum of $4,000 and completed on September 6, 1876.

Subsequent to that time, the Jail was the scene of Laclede County's one and only public hanging on March 4, 1880 (Nyberg: p. 94), and of one other colorful crime containing the ingredients of which legends are spun: a murder, a daring escape, abetted by a young girl, of the murderer the day before his scheduled hanging, the birth of twins, subsequent recapture, retrial and acquittal, and an eventual sentence in the State Penitentiary for horse stealing (Nyberg: p. 92).

"In 1955, Laclede County constructed a new Jail, and at this time the Laclede County Historical Society interceded to prevent the old Jail's demolition, and to provide it with a viable new function as a museum to house for all to view the mementos of Laclede County's interesting history." ~ NRHP Nomination Form

Year built or dedicated as indicated on the structure or plaque: 1876

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