Brown County museum honors local law enforcers, old jail

Old Brownwood Jail exhibit opens to the public

BROWNWOOD, Texas - The Brown County Museum of History honored local law enforcers as a way to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the old jail building Monday evening.

Brownwood Police Department, Early Police Department, Bangs Police Department and the Brown County Sheriff's Office were presented with awards and recognition for their services.

"Anytime someone thanks you for your public service, it's very humbling to me," Brownwood Chief of Police Mike Corley said.

Brown County's Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said his department deserved the award just as much as he did.

"I'm part of the team, they're part of the team, but I do appreciate the honor we received today," Grubbs said.

Both of the law enforcers said they wished the old jail walls could talk because there would be many significant stories to tell.  

"I can't imagine taking an intoxicated subject up those stairs. There were no elevators and no modern fixtures," Chief Corley said. 

The museum's board president Beverly Norris said she has encountered people who have had connections with the old jail.

"One time I invited someone to go up to see the cell blocks, they told me, 'No thank you, I've already been back in 1962,'" Norris said.

The old jail building used to serve as the county jail from 1903 to 1981. Norris said it became a museum in 1983. 

The museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also call (325) 641-1926 for special tours and additional information.

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