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OREGON BOOT

This small article ran in the August 1922 issue of Popular Science Magazine, demonstrating that the "Oregon Boot" was still in regular use in the early 1920s. The caption claims it weighs 50 pounds, but that figure is almost certainly a typo or a mistake; the heaviest one used at the Oregon State Penitentiary was 28 pounds.


The Oregon Boot picture below was donated to our museum by Joan Butler. It weighs 10 pounds and the three holes in the heel of the brace were used to nail or bolt down the brace to either a railcar or automobile during transportation of the inmate.




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