Ella Watson had come West to Wyoming and received a homestead license in
Their homesteads were along the
Although they had claimed the land legally, rancher Albert Bothwell had been
using that land to graze his herds. Sweetwater River
Bothwell accused Watson and Averell of rustling! He and his men captured the couple and On This Day in 1889 hung them. Watson, according to History.com, is the only woman ever executed in
Homesteaders murdered by Wyoming ranchers History.com On This Day in History, 1889.
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