Jail Yard Wall


The Jail Yard Wall

The Jail Yard Wall was built of native stone in 1885 by Edward Fahey. It is 10 feet high, 302 feet long and surrounds the Jail Yard. It took Fahey four months to build the impressive wall. The Jail Yard contained a dog kennel housing the blood hounds used to hunt criminals. Several graves of men that were hung are supposedly in the Jail Yard but no one knows where they are located.

After 1888, all hangings took place at San Quentin State Prison.

At one time, the Jail Yard contained a dungeon with two cells, a modern day “drunk tank”. In 1927 it was filled in and today, the ground has sunken in that area.


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