Milam County Historical Museum

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P.O. Box 966
Cameron, TX 76520
254-697-8963
Hours:
Mon -Fri 9am to 4 pm
Sat 10am-2pm

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Milam County Historical Museum consists of three separate location in downtown Cameron on the square. The main Museum is 112 W 1st; Old Jail Museum is 201 E Main and the Old Town Cameron and Railroad read more
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    Milam County Historical Museum consists of three separate location in downtown Cameron on the square. The main Museum is 112 W 1st; Old Jail Museum is 201 E Main and the Old Town Cameron and Railroad Museum is 101 E Main. Come spend the day and visit all three!

    Milam County Historical Jail built in 1895!

    When the 1875 Milam County Jailhouse grew too crowded
    in the 1890s, it was removed to make room for larger
    facilities. In March 1895, the Milam County
    Commissioners awarded a contract to the Pauly Jail
    Building and Manufacturing Company of St. Louis,
    Missouri, for the construction of a larger prison. The
    company furnished all supplies, including St. Louis
    pressed bricks. County Judge Sam Streetman, who later
    served on the Texas Supreme Court, approved the
    contract, although he had preferred the use of local
    building materials. This structure, designed with
    Romanesque revival features and stone detailing above
    the windows, had three main floors and a ''hanging
    tower'' equipped with a trap door. The tower was never
    used for executions because most hangings took place
    outdoors. The first floor had ten rooms, three for
    storage and the remainder serving as a residence for
    the sheriff and his family. The second and third
    stories consisted of cell blocks for prisoners. In
    1975 a new county jail was constructed, and the
    Commissioners Court turned this facility over to the
    Milam County Historical Commission. After renovation,
    it was opened as a museum in 1978.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1978

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    • Charles King
      P.O. Box 966
      Cameron, TX 76520
      Phone: (254) 697-8963
    • Jamie Larsen