Monday, March 16, 2009

Nutty Wyoming Museum Shows Some Skin

RAWLINS, Wyo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A creepy museum in Rawlins, Wyoming, is showing some skin.

The Carbon County Museum houses old artifacts from the once rough and tumble wild west town, including the skin remains of notorious local train robber “Big Nose George” Warden.

Back in 1878, when the wily thief was caught and hanged to death, a local doctor exhumed Warden’s body to study his brain, and decided to make himself a pair of shoes out of Warden’s skin.

The shoes, along with the robber’s skull, are now on display in the museum

However, there’s one nutty artifact the museum would love to own.

Director Denise Patton says, “There’s a coin purse that was part of the doctor’s collection made from Big Nose George’s scrotum. I don’t necessarily want to put my hands on it in the literal sense, but I’d like to get my hands on it for the museum.”

Patton is thankful for the museum’s “creep factor” since it attracts many curious travelers.

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