County Jail in "A Name for the City" (Location)

Location Key: 
Display Label: 
Jail
Type: 
Public building
Authority : 
Faulkner map
X: 
1305
Y: 
792
Description: 

The "mortised-log, mud-chinked shakedown jail" was one of the first structures built by the whites who settle Yoknapatawpha (201). It usually confines "local brawlers and drunkards and runaway slaves" (202). But when the gang of bandits is locked up there, the jail also becomes the first Yoknapatawpha structure to be destroyed - or at least ruined: when the bandits break jail, they also break the jail, taking down one "entire wall," "the mud-chinked, axe-mortised logs unjointed neatly," removed, "and stacked as neatly to one side" (208). It is rebuilt, however, and along with two other locations in this story of Yoknapatawpha's origins - the Holston House and the old Frenchman's place - it survives to the end of the stories; for that reason, we also use the jail as the Location for the narrator and Uncle Gavin in 1950.

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Destroyed and Rebuilt

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