Newton County Jail

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City/Town: Jasper
Location Class: ResidentialGovernment
Year Built: 1903
Year Abandoned: 2009
Status: AbandonedNational Register of Historic Places
Photographer: Eddy SissonJames Kirkendall

The former Newton County Jail is located at the junction of Spring and Elm Streets in Jasper, Arkansas. Built of local stone c. 1903-04, it served as a local lockup until 2009, when a new jail was opened. It is a two story structure, located just off the courthouse square northwest of the county courthouse. Its main facade has a center entrance flanked by barred windows, and a larger two-leaf casement window, also barred, set in a segmented-arch opening, at the center of the second floor.

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994

Newton County shut down it’s jail July 1, 2009 .The old jail was over 100 years old and was in constant operation until it’s closing this year.

3 Comments

  1. This statement is not exactly true !!

    Newton County shut down it’s jail July 1, 2009 .The old jail was over 100 years old and was in constant operation until it’s closing this year.

    I was in this town in 2015 as I am every year in the Fall. I ask if I could Tour the Old Jail, to an Officer who was standing outside. He said quote unquote, "Sure, go in an ask the Jailer who is sitting at the front desk". I went into the building and there was a man sitting at the desk behind the bars at the front desk, I ask him could I tour the Jail and he stated, "Don't think you want to ma'am, this is still a working Jailhouse". That was October 2015 and yes I do have witness this happen!!

    Stranger things have happen!!

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