One of few to escape from century-old Frisco jail reflects before its demolition

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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Posted on June 21, 2013 at 12:29 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 1:13 AM

FRISCO -- Frisco’s first jail, also known as a calaboose, has withstood the test of time.

It has served Frisco for close to 45 years, and has remained standing for a little more than a century.

“I always thought [calaboose] was some kind of hokey name they thought up,” said historian Bob Warren.

It was built in 1912, for what was then a farming community of 300 people. Warren can trace you back to the day it was decided by the council.

“The main prisoners were drunks, and we also had some mischievous kids,” Warren said.

Sonny McSpedden is a life-long Frisco resident who certainly remembers being a kid.

“For entertainment, we’d get out and see if we can stir up a little mischief on the weekends,” McSpedden said.

But one Halloween night, a 15-year-old McSpedden blew the town’s fire whistle, calling all fireman. That incident landed him in the calaboose with his friends.

McSpedden said it was almost like a slap on the wrist, and there were no serious charges.

“We were still having a good time in jail,” said McSpedden, laughing.

“Otherwise you’d have to take’em to McKinney; 15 miles on a dirt road,” Warren said.

McSpedden and his friends ended up staying in the holding jail for three hours. It was enough time to loosen these bars and make a break for it. McSpedden says it was “kids being kids.”

“As far as I know, we’re the only ones that ever been to jail and break out in Frisco,” McSpedden said.

But after 101 years, it’s also time for the cell to make a break; fortified by horseshoes and wagon wheels, this relic has turned into a haven for squatters. The ground of the 11'-by-15' concrete structure is littered with trash, and the walls have graffiti on it.

“It’s part of Frisco, and a part of its heritage,” said Jesse Barnes, another long-time Frisco resident.

The calaboose will be demolished next week, but a replica is coming to the Frisco Heritage Museum with the same materials that made this piece of history stand so long.

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