Exciting news! Come see the restoration that has been going on for the last few months. Anyone that has been in the jail in the past will be amazed to see what it looks like now.
The Red Top Jail is now officially owned by the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail. We took possession in 2015 from the City of Llano to oversee the restoration of this Historic Jail
The restoration work is well underway and the fondation repairs have been compleated. the work was done by Donny Hopson Construction and Capital Foundations in Austin TX
The roof of the gallows has just been completed by Richard Schmidt Construction. The windows, doors and wood were also done by Richard Schmidt, and the ceilings have been painted by Dawn Harrisand the cracks and plaster have now been repaired by Flint Rocker Construction. Be sure to attend the annual meeting and take a tour of the jail.
You can now help with the restoration at https://www.gofundme.com/3ufgbrks
Annual Meeting and Elections
The Friends of the Red Top Jail will provide the meat course. We hope you will join us and bring a side dish or dessert. Those with last names beginning with A-M bring a side dish that will go with a backyard bar-B-Que, and those with last names N-Z please bring a dessert. refresments will be provided.
Visible from the historic Inks Bridge spanning the Llano River, the Llano Red Top Jail is an imposing Romanesque Revival structure. During the iron ore boom town era of the 1890s, the Red Top with its 4-story gallows tower became a constant reminder to outlaws that they should keep their guns at home. Due to its red roof, prisoners told people that they “stayed at the Red Top last night”.
Tours of the jail are currently on hold while stabilization work is ongoing. We hope to resume a full schedule of tours and events as quickly as possible. Follow our progress on repairs and museum planning on the “Press Release” page and through reading our newsletters. The Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail want to thank you for your patience while this process continues. If you wish to help in any way, check the “How You Can Help” page.
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The pictures below are photo albums and can be opened by clicking on them.
A variaty of pictures of the jail through the years
Ghost hunters come from around the state to look ghostly activity.
The Pauly jail cells are an imposing sight
The jail break was staged by the Brazos Bottom Cowographers
The cover photo was a gift from Larry Jones
The Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail gather in 2008 for their first meeting
City Conveys Red Top Jail to Friends, Hires New Engineering Firm
Llano Red Top Jail On the Mend
Uncovering the past, for the future
Fundraiser aids Red Top Jail restoration efforts
‘Pier’ing at the Red Top Jail’s future
Llano group hopes to reopen historic Red Top Jail
Renovations coming to Red Top Jail in Llano
Renovations being made to Llano’s Red Top Jail to preserve its ‘haunted’ past
The Red Top Jail movie was filmed by the Llano High School with a grant from Preserve America. The film includes two original songs by W. C. Jameson.
Special thanks to Sheri Zoch and Steve Roberts for making this possible.
Llano...The way Texas used to be