Westerfield stone jail, Belton, Texas
The second jailhouse built in Belton was completed in November 25th 1873, and experienced tragedy just one year later, on Monday, May 25th, 1874.
This day went down in history as the Westerfield jail massacre. A posse of an estimated 300 vigilantes arrived at the stone jail from the Red river and Rio Grande on foot, stormed the jail, and tied the jailer up on the second floor where he lived, and kidnapped his daughter to hold her captive at a house near present day Confederate park. The group of vigilantes then gunned down eight horse thieves and one man who allegedly murdered his wife with an axe, all in what is now the game room of the present day residence. Two thieves that lived by hiding behind a door were tried and hanged near the Mary Hardin-Baylor campus. When the third jail was built in 1833, the building was used as a residence for prominent citizens in Bell County, often hosting dinner parties and functions.