Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tiny Gilbert jailhouse holds lots of history

[Source: Beth Lucas, East Valley Tribune] -- The little adobe hut was not built to be a jailhouse. “Initially, it was a pumphouse for the water tower,” recalled former Gilbert Mayor Dale Hallock, who grew up in Gilbert’s original square mile. “Then, if we had guys who got drunk Saturday night in Gilbert, they would throw them in there till Sunday morning till they sobered up.”

Gilbert has hired a consultant who is now in the process of planning an extensive renovation of the 1927 building underneath the town’s historic water tower downtown. The town will invest $48,125 into the project, in addition to $41,875 from the state’s Historic Preservation Grant Program. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]