The Jail Trail

Visit Our Neighboring Jail Museums in the Texas Hill Country

Red Top Jail

400 Oatman St, Llano, TX 78643

Red Top Jail Llano Texas HIstoric Museum Hill Country

Tours Currently On Hold

  • 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)
  • Red roof
  • Gallows tower
  • Prisoners slept on hammocks
  • Used as the county jail until 1982
  • Now officially owned by the Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail to oversee the restoration of this Historic Jail

Pioneer Museum

325 W Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624


  • 3.5 Acres in downtown Fredericksburg
  • Features historic homesteads & buildings donated by founding families of Gillespie County including a:
    • One-room schoolhouse
    • Log cabin
    • Sunday house  
    • Bath house 
    • Barn
    • Smokehouse 

Gonzalez County Jail Museum

414 St Lawrence St, Gonzales, TX 78629

Red Top Jail Llano Texas HIstoric Museum Hill Country

Hours Open:
Wednesday – Saturday, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sunday: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Docent-led tours are available during these hours that include architectural details & stories of the county’s early law enforcement days.

  • Built in 1885
  • The Snead & Company Ironworks of Kentucky was the iron & steel contractor at the 1887 Gonzales County Jail.
  • During the 1905 renovation of the Gonzales County Jail, the Southern Steel Company of San Antonio was hired to upgrade the steel doors and cell blocks using new welding techniques.

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