Bad History


Good old fashioned hanging in Denton, Texas

A crowd strains its collective neck to watch the last public hanging at the jail in Denton, Texas (the jail is no longer there, having succumbed to a parking lot). 

I’m giving a class about “Bad History” right now. No, not “bad” as in “many errors and too much traditionalist interpretations,” but “bad” as in: seedy stuff, women who took the wrong paths, outlaws, and so forth. It’s a broad topic and very interesting. I learned quite a bit about the seedy side of Dallas and Fort Worth. Talk about your “bad” towns!

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