The Telegraph:

Doug Ellison, 49, has asked the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission for permission to build the attraction, and intends to stage a mock hanging – with his own neck in the noose.

“The matter was not on the agenda and they were a little taken aback,’’ Mr Ellison is reported to have said. “There was about five seconds of stunned silence and at first I think they thought I was joking.’’

The commission is expected to vote on the proposal next month, and Mr Ellison said he was hopeful of securing approval.

He plans on pretending to gun someone down, receive a speedy frontier trial and hanging.

There are similar plans afoot in Sanford, Florida, that may be more timely.