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Orange County Jail, Santa Ana, circa 1925 | by Orange County Archives
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Orange County Jail, Santa Ana, circa 1925

The Sycamore Street Jail opened in 1924 and remained in continuous operation until 1968. It served as both jail and headquarters for the department during that time. It was 3 1/2 stories tall and had a rooftop penthouse where the head jailer Theo Lacy Jr. lived with his wife (and jailhouse matron) Nona. The jail was located on Sycamore St., across from the Old Orange County Courthouse. Presbyterian Church is visible in the background.

 

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Taken on June 7, 2010