Dinner & A Show
Silent Auction & Raffle
April 13, 2014 @ 5:pm
Llano Community Center
2249 RR152 - Llano, Texas
Tickets will be on sale soon at particpating retailers
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.
Get Your Membership Application - Here and become a friend
The Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail was established in 2008 to assist the City of Llano with the restoration of the old Llano County "Red Top" Jail. As stewards, our goal is to help the City of Llano with fundraising, historical research, community awareness and definition of an appropriate function for this historical structure. Your involvement erupts a grass-roots effort to preserve this historical structure that we hold dear to Llano, Texas.
Built in 1895 for $11,500
Granite exterior quarried locally
Built by J. Pauly Co. in 8 months
First floor housed jailor’s family
Eight jail cells (4/cell)
Prisoners slept on hammocks
Used as the county jail until 1982
Numerous paranormal societies have “stayed at the Red Top” and recorded extrasensory activity, ranging from electronic voice projections to photographs of orbs and possible ghosts. Some of these sitings/events happened after our first “Haunted House” with 600 kids in 2008. The ghosts had a lot to say about being disturbed!
CAN YOU VOLUNTEER?
There is a lot to be done, and we need all of you to volunteer with whatever talents you have. Please call Sheri Zoch (325-248-0284) if you have any interest in (1) researching the Red Top's history, (2) recording oral histories from local residents who know stories about the Red Top, or (3) helping with the accurate historical preservation of the building. We also need people who have computer skills (including Photoshop, ArcSoft and website generation).
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the Daytripper's show about Llano as he visits the Red Top Jail with our
Mayor Mike Reagor
The pictures below are photo albums and can be opened by clicking on them.
The Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail gather in 2008 for their first meeting
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.