Foot Under Glass

Executed outlaw George Lane’s appendage was nicely displayed.

George Lane was nicknamed “Clubfoot” because of a bone deformity. He was in southern Montana during the gold rush days of the early 1860s, earning respect as a cobbler and bootmaker. But somebody identified him as a spy for the Henry Plummer outlaw gang. George was tried, convicted and hanged in January 1864. His leg was later removed from his grave and the deformed foot displayed in a museum. In 2017, it was cremated, with the ashes spread at Boot Hill in Virginia City.

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