Comment: Many trees in Texas were used as makeshift gallows.

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Many trees in Texas were used as makeshift gallows.

Many trees in Texas were used as makeshift gallows, some by legitimate courts and some by vigilantes. In Goliad, [Texas] a giant oak still stands on the courthouse lawn that served that grisly role for the local government. Called the Cart War Oak [1857] because of its use to execute a murderous band of robbers [By whom?], it still shades the lawn.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul