Hollis & Virginia Spencer Collection
Hollis D. Spencer was the night marshal in Salida, Colorado, in 1890. That year, Salida witnessed a scene of vigilante violence like no other. Oliver Briley shot and killed P.J. Sullivan in the Denver & Rio Grande railyards. Briley was taken into custody, but that evening, a mob formed and broke into the jail where he was being held, firing multiple shots at law enforcement. Marshal Spencer was grazed in the head by a bullet. The mob dragged Briley away (by this time, dead from bullet wounds) and hung him from a post on First Street. Many of the perpetrators were later arrested but no one was ever convicted of the crime.
This collection was donated by Gary Hollis Spencer, great-grandson of Hollis D. Spencer.