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Location DB > United States > Texas > Waxahachie > The Calaboose
The Calaboose
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created by Explorer Zero on 5/27/2017 11:22 PM
last modified by Explorer Zero on 5/28/2017 3:13 AM
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A small wooden building used as the Waxahachie city lock up mostly for petty thieves, drunks and rowdies. It was not a county jail nor was it very secure. Its now on display in a city park type exhibit.
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Type: Building
Status: Repurposed
Accessibility: not sure if you can go inside
Recommendation: not very exciting
 Physical Information
516 N Jackson (original)
Waxahachie, Texas
United States
Owner: Waxahachie
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  •  Hazards
  • unsafe flooring
  •  Interesting Features
    Heavy wrought iron jail bars and heavy timber construction.
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     Historical Dates
    Built: 1885
    Closed: 1914
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    The word Calaboose is derived from the Spanish "calaboso" or dungeon. It was commonly used during the 19th century especially in the Southwest United States to describe any jail typically a local or city jail.

    This one was built in 1885 at a cost of $490. It served as the city lock up for minor offenders until 1904. At some point there was an escape that involved a fire inside. It was used as a warehouse until 1914 but then sat pretty much vacant and hidden by trees and brush for almost a century. There is some very old graffiti scratched into the walls inside and it was in pretty poor condition when I visited here in 2005.

    Subsequently The City has moved it and partially restored it along with another historical building. Its now on display in its new location, Singleton Plaza.
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    2005 trip to the calaboose
    Sat, May 28th, 2005
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    As it looks today
    Sun, May 28th, 2017
    posted by Explorer Zero
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 5/28/2017 4:51 PM.

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  • on May 28 17 at 16:51, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on May 28 17 at 13:43, Explorer Zero made this location public
  • on May 28 17 at 12:31, Explorer Zero updated gallery As it looks today
  • on May 28 17 at 12:24, Explorer Zero updated gallery 2005 trip to the calaboose
  • on May 28 17 at 12:22, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Outside side
  • on May 28 17 at 12:21, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Worth preserving?
  • on May 28 17 at 12:19, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Interior
  • on May 28 17 at 12:18, Explorer Zero updated gallery picture Open door policy
  • on May 28 17 at 3:13, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
  • on May 28 17 at 3:10, Explorer Zero changed the following: History
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