Hangman's Bridge - Hays City, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member VQ9JC
N 38° 52.604 W 099° 20.647
14S E 470150 N 4303153
Quick Description: This sign documents in part why the old west was called "wild". It's located on Old Hwy 40 near Fort Hays State University. The bridge is part of the Union Pacific line.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 2:02:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMHX74
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Four For All
Views: 14

Marker Name: Hangman's Bridge

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker text:

HANGMAN'S BRIDGE

BENEATH THE WOODEN TRESTLE WHICH ORIGINALLY STOOD ON THE SITE OF THE RAILROAD BRIDGE NORTH OF HERE, LYNCH MOBS HANGED AT LEAST FOUR PERSONS IN THE WILD DAYS. IN THE WEE HOURS OF JANUARY 7, 1869, LUKE BARNES, LEE WATKINS AND JAMES SPONDER, BLACK SOLDIERS OF THE 38TH U.S. INFANTRY, WERE HANGED HERE, WHILE AWAITING TRIAL FOR THE MURDER OF JAMES HAYES IN HAYS CITY. ON AUGUST 11, 1871, ANOTHER MOB HANGED JACK McGEE, A MULE TEAM DRIVER BEING HELD IN THE TOWN-COUNTY JAIL FOR STABBING BIG CREEK TOWNSHIPS CONSTABLE DRANK SHEPARD.

HAYS CITY, KANSAS



Marker Location: Ellis

Official Marker Number: Not Listed

Name of agency setting marker: Other (Please identify in marker text)

Marker Web Address: [Web Link]

Year Marker Placed: Not listed

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