Did You Know?

Did You Know?
Did You Know?

It appeared the days were numbered for the three story brick jail located on the northeast corner of Franklin and Adams Streets. This was a historic relic of Mansfield but it was located on the site of a more historic site. As the parish was being organized at Screamerville, La. in the Crosby-Caruth Store in 1843 Mr. William Crosby foresaw the economic future would be in the “new” parish seat of government, therefore, he sold his interest in the Screamerville Store and relocated in the new town of Mansfield.

Since the courthouse was located within the log court on the northeast corner of Franklin and Washington Streets William Crosby located the first store in Mansfield on the northwest corner of Franklin and Adams Streets - which was next door to the log court house. Coincidentally this was the same location now of the three story brick jail. It is interesting to note that Crosby built his log home just north of the log store where the present day large round water tanks are presently located and across the street from the old log jail on the northeast corner of Franklin and Adams Streets.

On June 7, 1916 L.M. Cook, President of DeSoto Parish Police Jury, was authorized to open bids for a new jail. in addition he was authorized to purchase the Jenkins lot not to exceed $2000 and the smaller Henderson lot not to exceed $500 both for the purpose of building the jail. On August 2, 1916 the Police Jury signed the contract with Corbin Bros. to build that jail. The Mansfield Enterprise on July 12, 1917 reported the completion and acceptance of the “modern” three story jail.

 

 

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