Gonzales Jail Museum
The Gonzales jail was built in 1885 and was used until 1975. The jail then became a museum and currently houses the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and is available to tour. Some of the features inside the museum include rebuilt gallows, original cells, sheriff's and jailer's quarter.
Brief description of what you might see within the jail is original cots, graffiti filled walls, walkways that allowed the guards to observe the prisoners, open shower, dungeon area, jailer’s bedroom and women and lunatics cell. The second and third floors of the building feature a runaround which is used for the hardened criminals. The death cells are at the front of this room. The gallows were last used in 1921. There were six legal hangings in Gonzales.
There is a legend of Howard (the last hanging) that claims he became obsessed with the clock on the Gonzales County Courthouse which is located a few yards away. He kept attention to the number of hours he still had to live. He swore his innocence would be shown by the clock, that none of its faces would ever keep the same time again after his hanging. Through the years the courthouse clock faces have rarely been consistent.
This was an interesting investigation because there were some areas of the jail that we were unable to investigate, and yet, it was through the small openings of these areas that we heard the most activity. We separated into groups, taking turns investigating all the areas of the jail. Some areas tended to make us feel more uncomfortable than others. The cells on the second floor were one of the areas where we did feel as if we weren’t welcome. Although we never felt threatened in any way, this jail gave us some interesting activity as far as sounds and banging in response to our questions. We also got some pretty good K2 hits throughout the jail.