Junction City's First Jail - Junction City, OR
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N 44° 13.033 W 123° 12.182
10T E 483781 N 4896019
A faded but legible historical marker resides in front of Junction City's first jail, located behind the Pitney House Museum.
Waymark Code: WMYM4J
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 06/27/2018
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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This marker reads:

Junction City's First Jail

Junction City was incorporated as a town on October 29, 1872 by an act of the Oregon Legislative Assembly. One of the first contracts let by the city was awarded May, 1873 to Thomas Humphrey to build a city jail which was completed at a cost of $84.37.

In 1878, the City Council entered into a contract to build a City Hall for $350.00 on the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and Greenwood Street. "As the city grew, a "city hall" was built and the main room on the first floor was the engine room where the hook and ladder, hose, reel and other fire fighting apparatus was kept, while in the rear was the stable where a good team of horses was always in readiness for the engine when a fire alarm was given."

In his book, "Early Days of Junction City, Oregon," 1978, Chris T. Wilde mentions the jail at least four times:

Page 16, "The 1873 tiny red jail, and the old white two-story city hall...."
Page 29, Greenwood Street, "...two-storied, white City Hall was north across the street. Then came the tiny red jail..."
Page 219, "The tiny, red jail was built for $84.37, by Thomas Humphrey. It stood on the north side of the present U.S. Bank's parking lot. The city hall was built just south of it, March 14, 1879, for $350 by S. Stanus. The jail, intact, was moved to what is now Ben Kokkeler's residence on High Pass Rd. It serves now as a pump house. It is over one hundred years old."
Page 426, "The two-storied white city hall was built on the very corner of Sixth Avenue and Greenwood, in 1878, by S. Stanus for $350. The tiny red jail, was back off the street, just north of the hall on Greenwood, built around 1873... The bank building was built in 1912 (on the NW corner of 6th & Greenwood). The City Hall was moved to Eighth and Greenwood. A new jail, built of 2 x 4s nailed flat and laminated, was built back of the city hall, on the alley. It was used until 1931 when the new [current] city hall incorporated a jail. This [1912] jail was burned down. The city hall was taken down, around 1938."

The Nill family of Guaranty Chevrolet donated this building to the Junction City Historical Society when they bought the property on West 1st Avenue.High Pass Road to use for their business purposes.

Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: Historical Society

Marker Type: City

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Lane

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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