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Wibaux Museum - Drake Livery Stable
Drake Livery Stable

O. S. Drake, local folk called him "Doc", owned a livery stable in Wibaux that bore his name. He earnd the nickname "Doc" for his love of animals and his ability to nurse them. The stable was an impressive frame structure located on the east side of South Wibaux Street. On September 27, 1910 the Drake Livery Stable was the site of a terrible tragedy. It seems that Max Leakey, brother of a highly respected area rancher, John, had hired a horse from Drake to ride out to his brothers ranch near Trotters, North Dakota. Max Leakey had tied the mount to the rail outside of a local saloon and went inside to imbibe. Hours later Drake noticed the horse still outside of the saloon and told his stable boy, Frank Nelson, to retrieve the animal, water and feed it. When Max Leakey came out he found the horse missing. He caught up to the horse and stable boy outside of the livery stable, pulled his pistol, and shot young Nelson. Frank Nelson, just 21 years old, later died of the injuries. Leakey mounted the horse and tried to escape, followed by the Sheriff. The fugitive fired three rounds at the persuing lawman, but when the Sheriff returned fire, Max dropped off his horse and played dead. Leakey was arrested, tried in Glendive, and sentenced to hang. That sentence was later commuted to 20 years in the state prison. Drake later sold the livery stable. A recreation of the Drake Livery Stable exisits today at the Wibaux Museum. The face of the building is covered with local brands, some dating back to the opening of the west. Inside you'll find old foundry equipment, harness making machines, Wibaux's first fire "truck", and beautifully restored and working farm machinery. Some say young Frank Nelson's ghost has moved in, too. But, that's just a tall tale???





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