“In the Cripple Creek Boom Days, March, 1894″ photographer unknown. Courtesy of Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District. Image Number: 001-268.

In 1894, upon the site of the present-day intersection of Austin Bluffs and Academy, Colorado’s Adjutant General, Thomas J. Tarsney was perhaps the last man to be tarred and feathered in the state of Colorado. Local historian Richard Marold tells the tale:

Tarsney Tarred and Feathered in Colorado Springs

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Richard Marold is a local historian who works as a Chautauquan and portrays Winfield Scott Stratton, Franklin Roosevelt and Nikola Tesla. He is also editor of Cheyenne Mountain Kiva, a journal of the history of central Colorado. His website is fdrtoday.org.


4 Responses to Tarsney Tarred & Feathered in Colorado Springs

  1. hannah says:

    Wow! That was interesting.

  2. Aubrey Fennewald says:

    Wow! That was harsh! I forwarded this on to my husband who likes weird history bits. 🙂

  3. Kate Tarsney Doyle says:

    My maiden name is Tarsney and my father was a Thomas J. Tarsney. We just moved to COS and this made my day. Thanks!

  4. sarahmilteer says:

    So he was lightly tarred and feathered? I gather this was a really vicious thing to do and often resulted in a slow death.


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