The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 70, July 1966 - April, 1967 Page: 473
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of Texas, as such, wherewith and whereby all the, good citizens
of our said Republic of Texas, saved much costs and labor, in
the month of January in the fourth year of the Independence of
our said Republic of Texas and A. D. 1840 and continually after-
ward until the day of the taking of this inquisition at the County
aforesaid the said County jail or prison was, and yet remains
consumed by fire, so that the good citizens of our said Republic
of Texas during the time last aforesaid could not use the same as
they ought and were wont and accustomed to do to the great dam-
age and common nuisance of all good citizens of the Republic
of Texas, and against the form of the Statute in such case made and
provided, and against the peace and dignity of the, Republic-
And that the citizens of the said County of Red River, the said
Republic's County Jail or prison in the town of Clarksville ought
to rebuild and keep in repair so long as the same shall be necessary.
Wm M. Williams, Dist. Atty.
7th Judicial District
Republic of Texas
The Citizens of Red River County
A True Bill
Jas. N. Smith
Foreman of the Grand Jury
Filed 8 October, 1840
Wade H. Vining, Clk. D. C.
The indictment of a whole people notwithstanding, the nuis-
ance remained. As late as October 11, 1842, a change of venue in
the William P. Rose murder trial was required, mainly because
there was no adequate jail in which to keep Rose and the other
nine men accused of the crime. But sometime later a fine jail
was built and used until 1885, when the present jail was con-
structed. The old jail was then used as a hotel until 1928, when
it was torn down in order to build two large filling stations on
the site. The old building was so substantially built that the
demolition contractor complained of a loss of money on the job.
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