Dummy on Gallows, Relics of Killer

Field review by the editors.

Columbus, Montana

Crazed farmer Franklin Robideau shot dead a local grain elevator operator, and his wife, in late 1937. Two months later he was hanged for the double murder. The local museum displays the execution rope, Robideau's death hood, the murder weapon, photos of the crime scene, and has a wax dummy diorama of Robideau on the gallows. It's all behind a corrugated metal wall, screened from those who only want to see the museum's Indian teepee or its cattlemen exhibit or its Fred Inabnit relief map.

Robideau's execution was, according to the museum, "the second to the last legal hanging in Montana."

Dummy on Gallows, Relics of Killer

Museum of the Beartooths

Address:
440 E. 5th Ave N., Columbus, MT
Directions:
Museum of the Beartooths. North side of town, on the northwest corner of 5th St. and E. 5th Ave. N.
Hours:
Summer M-F 10-5, Sa 11-3 closed Su; fewer days off-season. (Call to verify)
Phone:
406-322-4588
Admission:
Free, donations appreciated.
RA Rates:
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