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Houston Historic Jail

Community, Historic Site or District
Brad Wiegmann

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.

Time Period Represented



Open daily

Seasons Open

Open year-round


Price Style for this Establishment


Visitor Fees

Free admission

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