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15 Unsettling Photos 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 notoriously lawless old American West, the fear factor ticks up a few notches. An unexplored territory with a vibrant cast of characters, 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.

Post-Mortem Photograph, Late 1800s
Post-Mortem Photograph, Late 1... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Unsettling Photos of the Wild West
Photo:  Futurist110/Reddit
Mask And Skin Shoes Of Cattle Rustler "Big Nose" George Parrot
Mask And Skin Shoes Of Cattle ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Unsettling Photos of the Wild West
Photo: Carbon County Museum/Stylianis
Deceased Outlaw William "Brazen Bill" Brazelton Wearing A Mask, 1878
Deceased Outlaw William
Photo: The Spell of the West