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Just Visitin': Old Texas Jails [Paperback]

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The classic board game, Monopoly, doesn't include a jail in its town for nothing. Jails hold a certain awe for most of us, and in the game or in reality, everyone would rather be "just visiting."

Whether you call it "hoosegow," "calaboose," "slammer," or "correctional facility," each jail is a backdrop for the personalities and events of its time and place. Sometimes rustic, often beautiful, the architecture symbolizes each society's brand of justice. Unfortunately, today many stand neglected to the point of ruin, or become relegated to mere storage facilities. Some have even been demolished.

But thanks to innovative minds with an appreciation for history, the more than fifty jails featured in this book have realized their potential as town attractions and are ready to show off what they possess. Who isn't curious about the stories a prison's formidable walls could tell? And hearing the stories, don't we also want to see what it's like inside those walls? The buildings that once kept us safe from outlaws now serve us as museums, libraries, restaurants, hotels, and even a home or two.

"Just visiting," as the old Monopoly game called it, takes on a more enjoyable meaning as you indulge in a physical or imaginary excursion to the places that interest you most. Located all across Texas and dating back as far as 1850, each has its own style.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 30, 2007
Publisher   State House Press
ISBN  1933337141  
ISBN13  9781933337142  

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More About Joan Upton Hall

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joan Upton Hall began freelance writing full time in 1992 after retiring from a twenty-eight year career as a high school English teacher. At that time, she also resigned as editor and cartoonist of The RRAFT Report, a professional newsletter for teachers, for which she received state and national awards. With teaching in her blood, she now conducts creative writing classes and workshops as well as speaking events at writers' conferences and to libraries, civic groups, etc. On entering first chapter novel contests, Joan has won 1st place awards from two large organizations: Writers' League of Texas (at Austin) for Arturo el Rey, and Houston Writers' Guild for Dream Shifters. After she brings a piece to the best stage she can, she turns it over to a trusted critique group. To find out more about her and to get a peek at her published work (including free sample first chapters and book trailers), visit her website: . Books by Joan Upton Hall (in addition to this self-help manual) Excalibur Regained (futuristic fantasy-suspense trilogy) Arturo el Rey (2003), The Shadow of Excalibur (2007), and Arturo's Grail (2013) Grand Old Texas Theaters That Won't Quit (nonfiction, 2002) Just Visitin' Old Texas Jails (nonfiction, 2007) Ghostly Tales from America's Jails (nonfiction anthology, 2007) Dream Shifters (futuristic mystery novel, 2012) -first of series (Dream Hunter coming soon) 100+ Tips: Demystifying Writers' Demons (reference manual, coming soon)

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > State & Local - By State > Texas
2Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Crime & Criminals > Penology
3Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Architecture > General
4Books > Subjects > Travel > General > Guidebooks
5Books > Subjects > Travel > United States > Regions > South > West South Central
6Books > Subjects > Travel > United States > States > Texas > General

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Don't tell me you're bored! :-)  Jul 8, 2007
In Joan Upton Hall's book, "Just Vistin Old Texas Jails," Hall takes us on a journey that sets our hearts ablaze with images of the past. Buildings whose history marches through time are churches, forts, houses of ill-repute, and jails! In this book, Joan focuses on old jails in Texas. Just thumb through the book and you take a walk back through a time machine. Smell the sweat and blood, maybe even sometimes the beer breath of the jail's inhabitants, or maybe even of the jailer's, himself. Learn other uses folks have found for such buildings, and then, after you've closed the cover, pick up your Texas map and plan your next family vacation. For Hall's book offers a perfect map. Plot the location of the jails on your road map, pack the kids, and head out to Carthage, and Panola County Jail, or to Hico City Jail, and next to Kirbyville, with other stops along the way. Step back in time and smell the southwest, alive and well--and locked up! But not all jails from our past have held prisoners. Learn those jails who never held even one. Who knew we could learn so much just from studying jails. Only Hall could make these old buildings come alive!

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