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Texas Calabooses Explored;

September 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mr. Bill Moore will be at the Santa Fe Museum at 211 East Main Street in Sealy to discuss the calabooses of Texas and how, years ago, small towns dealt with people who needed to be incarcerated.  Tours will be given of Sealy’s calaboose that was built in 1884. The calaboose is located in the Sealy Historical Park at the corner of Main and Silliman Streets.


Mr. Moore is the author of “The Texas Calaboose and Other Forgotten Jails.” Mr. Moore has been a professional archaeologist for nearly 40 years and has written several historical publications, including “Bastrop County: 1691-1900” by Nortex Press, “Early Homes of Huntsville” (TX) by Tejas Publishing Company, and  “Guide to Texas Counties” by Tejas Publishing Company. Descriptions and photos of the calabooses located in Wallis, Flatonia and La Grange are also included in Mr. Moore’s book.


Excerpted from his latest book on the Texas calaboose, Mr. Moore states: “…a calaboose represents a time capsule in small vernacular jail architecture that was present in many forms throughout the country until the middle part of the twentieth century and it was a common feature on the Texas landscape for many years.”  And further states “During years of research and thousands of miles of travel I learned that few people were aware of the presence of these reminders of how criminals were incarcerated in Texas up until the middle of the twentieth century. Too many calabooses have disappeared from the landscape and others are threatened with destruction. I decided to write a book not only to document those that remain but also to raise awareness of these irreplaceable resources and hopefully prevent others from the fate that befell too many in the past.”


For more information contact Nancy Naron at 832-492-4244 or via email at nnaron@gmail.com.


September 14
11:00 am - 12:00 pm