Ben Hill County Jail, 1906, Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald GA Old Ben Hill County Jail Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

David McCrimmon wrote on 26 February 2011: My grandfather was Virgil Wells, and he was the sheriff of Ben Hill county in the 1930s and 40s. My mother and her sisters grew up living in this jail. They lived on the lower floors and the cells were on the upper floor. I grew up in Ben Hill County and moved away in the early 60s.

Below is an image of the “paddy wagon” or portable confinement vehicle which was purchased from Manly Steel Works by Ben Hill County in 1913 for housing the chain gang convicts who were working on the county roads.

Paddy Wagon Chain Gang Transport Vehicle Ben Hill County Jail Fitzgerald GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

National Register of Historic Places

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