The Jail Tree

In the middle of the city of Wickenburg, AZ, sits a 200 year-old mesquite tree known as "The Jail Tree".  The tree once served as the town jail where from 1863 to 1890 outlaws were chained to it and kept there until they were transported to the nearest jail in Prescott.  There were an unknown amount of escapees who were able to remove the chains and get away.


  1. Talk about a saw baked in a cake --- geez

  2. Saw baked in a cake??? More like prisoner baked in the sun. What a cool "Wild West" story.

  3. Yeah, being chain to a tree in the scorching hot sun sounds like punishment enough to me, but this was the Wild West.

  4. And if the need arose, I'm sure it also served as the Noose Tree too. Ah, the good old days.

  5. A jail tree? Now that's a new one on me. Very interesting...

  6. HAHA! I actually have a picture of myself in front of the jail tree from the year I lived in Wickenburg....


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