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1910 GILA COUNTY, AZ SHERIFF'S OFFICE & JAIL

EST in 1910, after overrunning the newly built facility in 1905 with the hustle and bustle of the Old West Arizona Territory the facility was the 4th in succession. The first, being made of adobe which was a great pairing with the town “hanging tree”. The 2nd jail was located inside the first territorial courthouse structure, which stood from 1881-1904 at almost the same location, coupled with the newer modern wooden gallows. The 3rd located inside the even newer and larger stone Territorial Courthouse location on the exact same location as the previous, in tandem with the same wooden gallows. This 4th location was a new modern concrete structure built on top of the wooden gallows location, adjacent to the 1905 Courthouse, being attached by catwalk. With the new era of due process, versus that of Old West Vigilantism, there would now be no need for the use of the gallows. The jail served the territory from 1910 until February 14th, 1912, when Arizona received its Statehood, and from 1912-1981, when the facility saw its last prisoner.
Now, our facility houses a museum-style visitor center, offering old west territorial facility tours daily by appointment, or to the public every Second Saturday of the month. For appointments and bookings please message us here, or call 928-425-0884. This number is to the former Gila County Territorial Courthouse (now Cobre Valley Center for the Arts building) next door, uniquely attached to our historic jail by 1910 catwalk. There is a $5/person minimum donation suggested, larger group and tour bus discounts are available.
Additionally, being listed on the Haunted Registry, in conjunction with guest paranormal investigation groups, we facilitate 2nd Fridays evening research experience sessions starting at $15/person. Please search under our events for more information per month. Our facility is also open for private bookings for filming and/or investigation work throughout the year by request. Our nominal donation structure helps to maintain and fund our facility restoration projects.
Thank-you for your interest in our facility, we at the Globe Downtown Association look forward to sharing our treasure with you.
Note of Thanks: We are forever thankful to the original creator of our exhibits, Kip McLaren Culver. He and his team of volunteers, including his father Teddy Culver, worked tirelessly on this project. Without them, our treasure trove would not exist