Once Upon a Time in a Real “Westworld” Hoax Town

Palisade was a small town that, in the 1870s, became known as “the most violent place west of Chicago” thanks to an elaborate, years-long hoax. Whenever trains would pull up into the Palisade station for lunch, shootouts and robberies commenced. But it wasn’t real; it was all a show. Why did the Palisade residents do it? Some say it was primarily to attract tourists, but others speculate it was because the residents were simply bored and wanted to spice up the sleepy town. Read full article here

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