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Historic Bell County Jail

see Bell County Courthouse

Bell County’s second jail was built in 1872.    This jail was replaced in 1883.  The building, at its heart, is a limestone construction now stuccoed over.  Originally, it had no doors or windows on the first floor – and the prisoners were dropped into 1st floor cells from the 2nd floor.  It has been repurposed and is now a private residence.  For those interested in owning history, the building was for sale when we visited.  Be warned, some of its history is fairly gruesome – including the mob lynching of 9 former prisoners on one night in the 1870’s.


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