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After Almost A Year on Lockdown, Jail’s Future Looks Promising
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 • Posted December 13, 2012

On December 20, the plan for the future of the Red Top Jail Museum will be revealed to all in attendance at a special digital walk through.

The presentation will be given by Anne Toxey and Patrick McMillan, who have created a museum interpretive plan for the jail. The ‘tour’ will give an idea of what the end goal is for the Red Top, and Toxey and McMillan will be on hand to answer any questions you may have regarding the plan.

The Red Top Jail closed its doors in February 2012 after trying unsuccessfully to get necessary structural repairs done in order to maintain the safety of the historic builidng. The builidng sustained damage in 2011 during a massive arctic blast that brought 70 mile per hour winds. The walls began to shift, and it was determined that the foundation needed to be repaired. Bids went out for the construction of 32 piers that are needed to stabilize the jail, but the anticipated $90,000 cost, turned out to be over $300,000.

Unable to come up with that much money, even after receiving grant money from various sources, Friends of the Red Top had to figure out a different way to get the job done. Since that time, volunteers have removed all of the flooring, which will help defray some of the costs, and Sheri Zoch has been busy researching and writing grants. The National Park Services has awarded the Red Top a $40,000 grant, and the group still has a grant from the Texas Historcial Commission in the amount of $25,000 that it needs to use soon.

In addition to the future of the Red Top, Zoch said that there will be a persentation that will detail just how and where those 32 beams will be placed at the Red Top Jail.

If you are interested in learing more about this effort, plan to join the Friends of the Red Top Jail at the LanTexas Theater on December 20 at 5:30pm.

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