Western Justice


Columbia Falls, United States

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This is the famous gallows above Bannack, Montana (USA), which was the first capitol. It is now a ghost town which has been carefully preserved. A gang of vigilantes hung several suspected members of an outlaw gang here, including the sheriff of Bannack.

“The gallows were ordered constructed by Henry Plummer, lawman and outlaw of Bannack. John Peter Horan, R.C. Rawley, Ned Ray, Buck Stinson, and Henry Plummer were the only men hanged on the gallows. Justice was often swift in the early mining towns. On January 10, 1864, several of the Vigilantes from Virginia City arrived in Bannack. They had recently captured and hung Red Yeager and others. Before Yeager was hung he confessed and implicated Plummer as the leader of the “Innocents.” The Vigilantes from Virginia City, along with Vigilantes from Bannack decided they must capture Mr. Plummer and his associates, Ned Ray and Buck Stinson. They planned to apprehend and hang them the next day but received word that three fresh horses had been brought into town. Afraid that the leader of the Road Agents was about to escape, they decided to act immediately. They proceeded in the regimented military fashion and captured all three of the men. Not a shot was fired. On that cold January evening, just about dark the three men were marched up to the gallows. All three were lifted up and dropped to their death. Henry Plummer, after pleading his innocence, begged the Vigilantes to “please give me a good drop.” " [from the Bannack State Park website]

Photo taken in September, 2011 with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera, and aged in Photoshop CS.

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