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 Post subject: Watson Arkansas city jail
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29th, 2011 pm31 10:58 pm 
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This is the original city jail built around 1930. It is listed on the Arkansas Historic register, but has little or no effort to preserve it.

Watson is located in Desha (pronounced DE-SHAY) County, which was founded on December 12, 1838. Records of Desha’s history are imperfect; they were sent to Texas for safekeeping during the Civil War, but upon their return it was discovered that parts had been mutilated or destroyed.

Originally this area we heavily forrrested, but has been "clean" since the end of WWII.

Watson was the county seat from 1874 till 1880, taking it from the town of Napolean, which was essentially washed away by the Mississippi. However this same flooding caused the railroad to move its lines, bypassing Watson, ending is term as the county seat, which was then moved to Arkansas City. (Arkansas city then lost it to Dumas later...jeez)

The entire area was heavily damaged by the infamous 1927 Mississippi flood, which was the most costly natural disaster in the nations history at that time. This was followed by the depression, great drought of 1930, (dust bowl), effectively dooming Watson.

The Watson school closed in the early 1980's, leaving the town a fragment of its past glory.


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 Post subject: Re: Watson Arkansas city jail
PostPosted: Sat Jan 29th, 2011 pm31 11:03 pm 
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A few more tidbits from the hamlet of Watson, Arkansas.


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 Post subject: Re: Watson Arkansas city jail
PostPosted: Sun Jan 30th, 2011 am31 2:48 am 
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Very Kewl. I love the jail.

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 Post subject: Re: Watson Arkansas city jail
PostPosted: Tue Sep 9th, 2014 pm30 12:23 pm 
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Hi just wanted to give you an update- The Watson Jail has been restored as of this summer. I have pictures where and how can I post them?


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