Saturday, December 16, 2006

Well... It Used To Be a One-Horse Town.

What is happening here?

     Now, I don't know if you've seen this late-19th Century photograph that's been bopping around teh intertubes, but apparently the good folks at the The Sheboygan Press are having a bit of trouble trying to figure out just what the heck is going on here, and why is that man in the top hat sitting on a dead horse at the intersection of 8th Street and Indiana Avenue in Sheboygan, Wisconsin?
In the photo, a dead horse lies in the street, roped off with string tied to stakes in the dirt road. A man in a top hat, bow tie and jacket sits on top of the horse, and people in the background are standing still, looking toward the camera.

"I always just assumed it was taken as a joke or something like that," said Bill Wangemann, Sheboygan city historian. "I was never able to find out anything about it. What the story behind that (picture) is, I don't have the foggiest notion."

    So, you know, if any of you can come up with a reason or story behind this, feel free to write it up in your own blogs and journals, and leave a link in the comments-section here. 

    Oh!  And, if anyone actually knows the true story behind this odd, little picture, please feel free to contact Janet Ortegon at the Sheboygan

    Now, let the madness begin...



  1. Maybe it was a horse with rabies running wildly down the street and this guy saved the day by shooting it down! LOL

  2. Don't know about the horse. What's with that wooden arch in the background that look like a 'hangin' gallows our in the old west?

  3. Very odd...

    be well,

  4. Well, missy.  The Law ain't afraid to hang a man in Sheboygan.

    Of course, I think there's a Taco Bell where the gallows used to be.  


  5. Ok, I have several theories. #1- The horse was racing and it didn't quite make it to the finish line. So, the owner shot it and decided to sit on it. Finding it was comfy, this was the birth if the horsehair mattress.
    #2- This photo was actually taken in New Jersey. The horse broke his leg when he trotted into a pothole and had to be put down on the spot. The man is waitiing for the truck from the glue factory to come pick up the corpse.
    #3-This horse is alive and well and just gave birth to the foal on the right. The man with the top hat is a vet trying to expel the placenta with his body weight.

  6. A police investigation is going on and the horse is evidence.  They haven't invented yellow crime scene tape

  7. So, technically, the CSI: Sheboygan guy is sitting on evidence?  


    I slay me...  


  8. I think Ladeeoftheworld's theroy is correct lol at least that's how I see it :)


  9. That's where Alpo started out.

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  11. This guy invented the wheel a few years later. ~Raven