|City/Town: • Jasper|
|Location Class: • Jail|
|Year Built: • 1903 | Year Abandoned: • 2009|
|Historic Designation: • National Register of Historic Places|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • Eddy Sisson • James Kirkendall|
In 1901 citizens of Newton County donated $1,500 so that a new courthouse and jail could be built in Jasper. Set to be completed no later than June 25, 1902, and was completed made of local stone. The two-story historic jail that sits near the courthouse was still used as a jail up until 2009 but is still being used for some day to day operations. A nomination form was created in 1979 to list the jail on the NRHP but it wasn’t until Dec. 1, 1994, that the nomination was accepted.
“Jim Bolin, aged 32, a paroled convict, was lodged in the Newton County jail at Jasper last Friday night charged with the murder of Elias Southerlan, 60, his brother-in-law. The killing occurred last Friday night at Southerlan’s home at Fallsville, in Newton County.”- The Madison County Record Nov. 30, 1933.
Article by AAR Photojournalist Emily Cowan.