Problems We Don’t Have – Wacky Tourist Attractions

by Dave on March 24, 2009

Thankfully we have the natural beauty, the beach, and the great people of the Delaware Beaches, so we don’t have to resort to things like this to attract visitors.

Residents of a small southwest Nebraska town have a question for state officials: You’re not doing anything with that old electric chair, are you?

The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled last year that the state’s use of the electric chair was unconstitutional because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Some people in McCook — population just under 8,000 — think “Old Sparky” could be a tourist attraction and have offered to take it off the state’s hands.

Fifteen men were executed in the chair, which is housed about 210 miles east of McCook at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln.

“If it’s sitting somewhere collecting dust, we have a place for it,” said Duane Tappe, who said the chair could bring thousands of tourists to the town every year.

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