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Even though jailhouses dominate the skyline of many small Texas towns, not much work has been done on what those buildings mean in the historic context in which they were built. These jailhouses held specific meanings for small Texas communities and their townspeople that also helped to shape present day society. Texas jailhouse architecture between 1880 and 1910 reflected the desire to be modern, the desire for changes in prison reform, and the position of women and family in a newly civilized society.