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Old Fayette County jail, 1977

Posted on October 28, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
The old Fayette County Jail at 113 East Short Street in Lexington in the fall of 1976, after it's closing. This jail, built of cut stone from Rowan County,  was completed for $40,000 in 1891 and received its first prisoners on July 21, 1891. It was closed in 1976 when a new Fayette County Detention Center was completed on what was then Walnut Street and it was demolished in November 1977. GenTel purchased the property and used it as an employee parking lot. Photo by David Perry | Staff

The old Fayette County Jail on East Short Street in Lexington in fall 1976, after its closing. The jail, built of cut stone from Rowan County, was completed for $40,000 in 1891 and received its first prisoners on July 21 that year. It was closed when a new jail was completed on what was then Walnut Street, and it was demolished in November 1977. GenTel bought the property and used it as an employee parking lot. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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