Las Vegas Cowboy Hangings

One of my most unforgettable Las Vegas experiences was watching a mock hanging of a cowboy. This took place at Bonnie Springs Ranch (now permanently closed) where I captured the action with my camera. The actors gave this experience a sense of reality. The doomed cowboy looked terrified.
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After too much melodrama and ambitious talking, the cowboy finally received a noose around his neck. That’s what we all were waiting for. This took place in full view of tourists including many who were young children.
Staring at the cowboy’s package on full display was an added plus. The good-looking hangman made this visit especially satisfying.
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As we hoped, the doomed cowboy was hung by the neck for the pleasure of the spectators. We all got to watch his cowboy boots swing in the unforgiving Nevada air before we returned to the slot machines inside the casinos.

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Author: Madeira Desouza

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