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Username: Ronb1224

Post Number: 3
Registered: 01-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 02:24 pm:   

Many in Frisco may not know about the old Calaboose that served as Frisco's first jail. It sits abandoned and crumbling in the field just south of Main Street and east of First.

I was wondering if there were currently any plans by the city to restore and/or move it to Old Town as a part of the display there. I think it would make an interesting conversation piece and it's certainly a part of early Frisco history, and an interesting conversation piece.

Other cities like Grapevine have restored theirs and have it an integral part of their historical display.

Has this been considered or discussed? My guess is that most aren't even aware of its existence.

Ben Brezina, Assistant to the City Manag
Username: Ben_brezina

Post Number: 97
Registered: 06-2010
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2012 - 08:32 am:   

Status of Calaboose

The calaboose was built in 1912. Plans were to move it to the Heritage Center but it was determined that it could not be moved without falling apart. There is no support in the walls except for some horse shoes, wagon rims and scrap metal for reinforcing bars. It was last used by the city in the 1950s.

Plans of the calaboose have been drawn up to build a calaboose similar to the original and place it in the Heritage Center behind the Heritage Museum. We are in the process of obtaining money to have it built. It will then be used similar to the one in Grapevine where people can go inside and take pictures etc.

It was a safety issue plus a cost issue to move the original calaboose to the Heritage Center.

Many articles have been written about the calaboose plus being part of the various write-ups of Frisco History.

It is not forgotten and hopefully someday soon it will have a place in the Heritage Center.

Pete Hosp
Heritage Center Coordintor

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