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21 Creepy, Unsettling Photos That Show The Dark Side of the Wild West  

Kellen Perry
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There's already something inherently creepy about early photography, so when the subject is the violent old American West, the fear factor ticks up a few notches. A largely lawless, unexplored territory with a vibrant cast of criminals, the wild West carried unease in every breeze; capturing that aesthetic through the grainy view of late 19th-, early 20th-century photos lends a whole new layer of creepiness to it.

Perhaps the creepiest photos from the old West are the ones that are hard to explain – the scary old photos made scarier by their total lack of context. This kind of disturbing photography, combined with the gruesome photos popular at the time, makes for an unsettling collection that's pretty hard to shake.

Accidental Decap Of Tom "Black Jack" Ketchum, 1901
Accidental Decap Of Tom
Photo: Unknown/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
Inuit Medicine Man, 1895
Inuit Medicine Man, 1895 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 21 Creepy, Unsettling Photos That Show The Dark Side of the Wild West
Photo:  mccurds/Imgur
Post-Mortem Photograph, Late 1800s
Post-Mortem Photograph, Late 1... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 21 Creepy, Unsettling Photos That Show The Dark Side of the Wild West
Photo:  Futurist110/Reddit