Lower Lake Stone Jail

Coordinates: 38°54′38″N 122°36′35″W / 38.910556°N 122.609722°W / 38.910556; -122.609722
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Lower Lake Stone Jail
Lower Lake Stone Jail is located in California
Lower Lake Stone Jail
Location of Lower Lake Stone Jail in California
LocationLower Lake,
Lake County, California
Coordinates38°54′38″N 122°36′35″W / 38.910556°N 122.609722°W / 38.910556; -122.609722
Reference no.429

Lower Lake Stone Jail, in Lower Lake, California, is a one-room jail claimed to be the smallest jail in the United States, was erected in 1876 of stone locally quarried and reinforced with iron. During the days of the first quicksilver operations of the Sulphur Bank Mine, lasting from 1873 to 1883, rapid town growth and the urgent need for civil order necessitated the building of a jail. Stephen Nicolai, one of the first stonemasons in Lower Lake, built the jail from local materials with the help of Theodore and John Copsey.

The tiny jail is now defunct, and has been designated California Historical Landmark #429.


  • "Lake". California Historical Landmarks. Office of Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2005-09-01.

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