From 1860 to 1890 in Wickenburg, a small Arizona city northwest of Phoenix that was once a “rough and ready” western frontier town that still spotlights Old West scenes and dress and art and refers to its location as “out Wickenburg Way,” the town was so primitive that it had no jail, or “hoosgow,” as western terminology would have it. So outlaws unlucky enough to be captured there were chained to this “jail tree,” out in the open, until the sheriff from Phoenix could come and get them. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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