blocks were built of native stone and here the
foresight of the Board of Directors will be
noticed. Granite was plentiful and easily
quarried and could be used on the spot. Each
block was a unit in itself. To gain a complete
picture, one has to only imagine a child with a
set of building blocks and the urge to build a
"long house." The buildings throughout
were of solid stone, tremendous slabs of granite
laid one on the other, mortar between. As the
blocks were two cells high and as the granite was
too cumbersome to be used as the layer between,
sheet iron was substituted. This constituted the
only foreign building material in the
construction of the blocks.
cells were equipped with heavy iron doors, solid
except for a slit ten by three inches which
served for ventilation and checking purposes.
There were no plumbing facilities and under the
circumstances, none could be expected. No lights
were installed at this time, the records do not
disclose any manner of illumination. Such was the
hurry, that the contractors built the original
buildings with no provisions for a water system.
This proved to be one of the first serious
situations faced by the new officials.
cell was built to accommodate two prisoners. Two
wooden bunks were built, with straw mattresses
and pillows, two blankets and two buckets, one
for drinking water and the other for toilet
facilities, completed the furnishings.