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Gleeson, Arizona: Jail in a Ghost Town

Built in 1910, abandoned in the 1930s, restored in the early 2000s. The jail replaced a "Jail Tree" (to which prisoners were padlocked) that still stands in the ghost town.

Gleeson Jail

High Lonesome Rd, Gleeson, AZ
The jail is on the south side of Gleeson Rd at its intersection with High Lonesome Rd. Either 14.5 miles east of Tombstone or nine miles west of US Hwy 191 north of Elfrida.
Open 1st Sa each month, or by appt. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donation box.
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Jail in a Ghost Town

We took a Lavender Jeep Tour of Bisbee. The Gleeson Jail looks great from the outside, but only open weekends, so we couldn't go inside. We did see the tree where prisoners were chained. Our tour guide, Boots, did a fabulous Historic Ghost Towns Tour. She is a real history buff and we enjoyed the day and history of many local ghost towns.

[C Stanley, 07/21/2018]

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