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.
Latitude: 34.123043 Longitude: -87.237246 Elevation: 749 ft
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Mentone Inn B & B. The hospitality of this small mountain town is great. The innkeeper is so nice and the inn is within walking distance of the Wildflower Cafe for dinner. Historic Inn only a short drive from two beautiful waterfalls and numerous overlooks. Oh! Not to mention the superb breakfast you will be served.
Following a back road or highway instead of the interstate.This will allow you to see so much of an area that you would not normally see otherwise.
Time Period Represented1860s
Hours OpenOpen daily
Visitor FeesFree admission
Seasons OpenOpen year-round
Price Style for this EstablishmentFree
4786 Co Rd 63
Houston, AL 35572 US