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Old Oakville Jail, Talley Street, Oakville, Live Oak County, TX



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Location
Talley Street, Oakville, TX

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS TX-3523
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (N892).
Building/structure dates: 1867 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1940 subsequent work
0.2003
Significance: The old jail building at Oakville, Texas is all that remains of a town that once served as the seat of Live Oak County. Because the site is above the flood plains it has been traversed by indigenous Americans, Spanish explorers, and a stage coach route. The town was born as a stage coach stop due to its proximity to Sulphur Creek, and was chosen as county seat in 1856. From 1887 to 1919, the jail on the edge of the county square acted as Live Oak's third and most sophisticated detention facility while concurrently, Oakville's population peaked to four hundred people. In 1919 a local rancher called for an election to change the county seat to his eponymous town. He was victorious, and with the critical loss of the commerce and status that had always attended a county seat, Oakville declined severely. The final event in the town's history occurred when state engineers recognized the value of the towns situation above the flood plains. Interstate Highway 37 was routed directly through the former town...

Subjects
Building Deterioration
Religious Groups
Domestic Life


Related Names
Jones, Roy
Diebold, Charles
Davani, Cheryl, Delineator
Dunks, Julia, Delineator
Oliveira, Wanira, Delineator


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

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