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Officials Celebrate Reopening Of San Diego Sheriff's Museum

A display at the Sheriff's Museum honors Bill Kolender, Oct. 12, 2015.
Dwane Brown
A display at the Sheriff's Museum honors Bill Kolender, Oct. 12, 2015.
Officials Celebrate Re-Opening Of San Diego Sheriff's Museum
Officials Celebrate Reopening Of San Diego Sheriff’s Museum
The museum, which was named in honor of former Sheriff Bill Kolender who died earlier this month, features the history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
An image of the first jailhouse in San Diego County is on display at the Sheriff's Museum, Oct. 12, 2015.
Dwane Brown
An image of the first jailhouse in San Diego County is on display at the Sheriff's Museum, Oct. 12, 2015.

Officials gathered Monday to celebrate the grand re-opening of the William B. Kolender Sheriff's Museum in Old Town San Diego.

The museum, which was named in honor of former Sheriff Bill Kolender, who died earlier this month, features the history of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. The museum is housed in the county's first jailhouse, which was built by the region's first sheriff — Agoston Haraszthy, a Hungarian count — in 1850.

"He built the first jail," said museum volunteer Don Fowler who served as a deputy for 33 years. "The first guy to escape out of that jail was Roy Bean." Bean was later a famous judge.

All the items in the museum are authentic and were previously used by law enforcement. It was named after Kolender in 2001.

"Sheriff Kolender brought us into the 21st century," said Chuck Curtis, co-chair of the museum. "He got along well with the Board of Supervisors. He hated politics but he was a great politician. He got things done."

For more information about the museum, go to sheriffmuseum.org.

William B. Kolender Sheriff's Museum in Old Town San Diego, Oct. 12, 2015.
Dwane Brown
William B. Kolender Sheriff's Museum in Old Town San Diego, Oct. 12, 2015.

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