Mother Featherlegs - Prostitute Monument
We can understand why this remote part of Wyoming built a memorial to a prostitute. They were grateful just to have one.
The grave of "Mother Featherlegs" Shepard is on all the maps, but no one in Lusk knows how to get to it. It's on the Old Cheyenne-Deadwood Stage Road, a ten mile journey from town, bumping and scraping through deep furrows and ruts.
And there's not much of a payoff. No bawdy statuary or even a noble bas relief. Just a 3,500-pound pink granite slab, the worn inscription blocked by a metal fence.
Her lies Mother Featherlegs. So called, as in her ruffled pantalettes she looked like
a feather-legged chicken in a high wind.
She was roadhouse ma'am.
An outlaw confederate, she was murdered by "Dangerous Dick Davis the Terrapin" in 1879.
If bad weather or self-preservation convince you not to visit Mother Featherlegs' grave, stay in Lusk and visit the Stagecoach Museum. It displays her pantalettes.