The Key at the Austin County Jail Museum LbNA # 54628
|Placed Date||Jul 12 2010|
The Key at the Austin County Jail Museum:
Calling their old jail unsafe, unfit, and inadequate, the Austin County Court contracted in 1896 with Pauly Jail Building Co. of St. Louis to erect a new structure for $19,970. Romanesque Revival style, with crenelated parapets, bartizans, and stone window arches harmonized with the 1886 Bellville courthouse, which later burned. The gallows, used only in 1901, have been removed; jailer's quarters have been enlarged; but the original exterior is preserved. The Austin County Jail Museum is now open on Saturday from 11-3PM or by appointment.
Entering Bellville, Texas from HWY 36S, continue on HWY 36S which becomes Main Street. Follow Main St. to the Courthouse. At the stop sign, make a right on S. Holland, then a left on W. Luhn, and finally a left on S. Bell. Park and walk to the iron gate entrance in front of the historical marker. Inspect the flower garden to the right for the Key. The jailhouse Key is concealed in a “Tic Tac” microbox and has been hidden in the second layer of flowerbed timbers, wedged between a small loose timber and the next board.