Going to Lincoln, New Mexico this week for the Billy the Kid Pageant. Did a painting for the museum. This was done from a field sketch.
The pit jail was essentially a hole in the ground with a house built on top of it. The jailer lived in one end and the other end had a trap door that led to a cellar type jail. Because the area is down by the Rio Bonito River, and is surrounded by an irrigation ditch, the water table was a constant problem and the cell often flooded, making it quite uncomfortable for the inmates. But they did have running water!
I also had fun with this one.