In Prescott, Arizona Territory the hangings took place on the east side of the plaza or in the vicinity of Honor Island Park on West Gurley Street.
|The Hanging of James Fleming Parker|
From the book, Outlaw Tales of Arizona, 2nd: True Stories of the Grand Canyon State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats by Jan Cleere, it is written: "As the black hood was placed over his head, he asked it be removed so he could shake hands with everyone on the scaffold. When he got to the jailer, he gave him a message for the other prisoners. 'Tell the boys that I died game and like a man', he said. He requested his old friend, Sheriff George Ruffner replace the hood. As he did so, Ruffner sprang the trap that sent Parker to his death."
|Hidalgo and Rentezia hanging|
The last hanging in Arizona was July 13, 1936, and was near Coolidge Dam with makeshift gallows and the preparation was so poorly planned that the victim hung by his neck and strangled for nearly 30 minutes before he died. Though the execution was considered "private", the horror of the event was widely discussed. About that time the US Congress took action and stated that the method of execution should be that of the state in which the crime was committed. The gas chamber replaced the gallows. (Excerpts from The Prescott Courier, March 1988 by Budge Ruffner, Columnist.)