Houston Historic Jail

The Houston Jail in Winston County, Alabama, is the only surviving log jail in north Alabama and the second-oldest log jail in the nation.  Constructed around 1868 from hand-hewn hardwood logs with nails to prevent prisoners from sawing their way to freedom, the jail replaced an earlier one destroyed during the Civil War.  The jail has two rooms.  Sanitary facilities were small holes in the back wall.  When the county seat moved to Double Springs following the formation of Cullman County in 1884, the old jail was abandoned.

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Latitude: 34.123043 Longitude: -87.237246 Elevation: 749 ft
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Time Period Represented

1860s

Hours Open

Open daily

Visitor Fees

Free admission

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Price Style for this Establishment

Free

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Betty Denton
205-489-3669
4786 Co Rd 63
Houston, AL 35572 US
Angie Pierce - Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
256-350-3500
800-648-5381
256-350-3519 (Fax)
PO Box 2537
Decatur, AL 35602 US

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