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Across The Fence: The hanging of Cornelius Donahue a.k.a. John A. Hurley
September 05, 2013 M. Timothy Nolting   

Photo courtesy of the Custer, S.D. Museum The hanging tree and gravesite of ‘Lame Johnny.’

As State Highway 79 wanders northward across the rolling, green hills of South Dakota it crosses a wide but gentle valley known as Buffalo Gap. The name conjures images of great herds of lumbering beasts crossing the grassy plains, the earth throbbing with the pulse of hoofbeats, and the glint of sunlight on ebony horns. A few miles further to the north a nearly unnoticed bridge spans a dry creek-bed where, atop a slender steel post, a small gree...

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