History Does Rhyme – Episode 3: LYNCHED! The Vicious Public Murder of Oliver Briley

In 1891, Salida, Colorado, is one of the most modern cities in the west. There is electricity, numerous multi-story buildings, a thriving economy, and the town is the center of the statewide railroad activity. Salida is the epitome of bootstrapping American success.But under the surface is a not-so-secret truth—the people are among the most brutal in the mining region.

The majority are rough-and-tumble railroad men who regularly settle differences with fists and knives and guns. And ropes.Oliver Briley is a newcomer, working in the rail yard. Not understanding the difference between Salida’s surface beauty and the underlying violence leads to him pay the ultimate price.

Caleb Burggraaf