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By: Raymond Powell

Time has arrived for the “Farewells and Goodbyes” to be said for the three story brick jail on the northwest corner of Franklin and Adams Streets in Mansfield, La. The old jail has served DeSoto Parish and surrounding parishes well for almost one hundred years. It is no longer used or needed and the Police Jury has decided it is time for it to be torn down because its cost to repair for use would be prohibitive.

However, back in the day bids were opened to build the jail on June 7, 1916 by L.V. Cook, President of the Jury but all bids were rejected since they were too high. Lots from Jenkins and Henderson had been purchased for the new jail and bids were offered again and on Aug. 3, 1916. President Cook and the Jury accepted Corbin Bros. bid and the jail was accepted as complete on July 17, 1917. Corbin was a master courthouse jail builder having settled down in Mansfield and had built the John Blanchard house for his family’s residence.

 

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