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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Joseph M. Staples

 
 
Joseph M. Staples Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 19, 2006
1. Joseph M. Staples Marker
Inscription.
Re-Dedicated July 1, 1986
To The Memory of
Joseph M. Staples
El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff
Who Was Killed In The Line
Of Duty July 1, 1864

 
Erected 1986 by El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and Law Enforcement Associates.
 
Location. 38° 43.9′ N, 120° 48.483′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from Bee Street. Click for map. Marker and Gravesite of Joseph M. Staples are located at the Union Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bee-Bennett House (within shouting distance of this marker); Placerville (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Original Raley’s Grocery Store (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Placerville Drive In Market (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Three Unfortunates Hanged (approx. 0.3 miles away); Snowshoe Thompson (approx. 0.4 miles away); Placerville Pony Express (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
 
Additional comments.
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Joseph M. Staples Headstone at Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 19, 2006
2. Joseph M. Staples Headstone at Gravesite
Joseph M. Staples
Deputy
Sheriff of El Dorado Co
KILLED
in attempting to Arrest the
Placerville Stage Robbers
July 1st, 1864
Aged
38 Years
End of Watch: July 1, 1864

A group of outlaws had robbed the Comstock stages on the Placerville Road. A posse was formed at the Cary House in Placerville. Deputy Staples, a well-liked Irishman who lived in Coloma and was a member of the Neptune Company of the Placerville fire brigade, would lead the team. Staples, Van Eaton and Ranney rode south to Diamond Springs, where they turned east and began working their way along the Pleasant Valley Road. Deputy Staples discovered the robbers held up in the Somerset House, a large hotel on the north fork of the Cosumnes River where they spent the night. In the morning, two of Sheriff Rogers' deputies, Joseph Staples and George Ranney, rode up asking Mrs. Reynolds, the proprietor, if she had seen any strangers around. She nodded her head and motioned them to a side door. Deputy Staples rushed into the room yelling, "You men are all my prisoners!" whereupon he was met by a barrage of gunfire, killing him instantly.
    — Submitted November 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Crime, Stagecoach Robberies, Murder
 
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In Memory of the Bravery of Our Pioneer Officers Marker image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, November 28, 2008
3. In Memory of the Bravery of Our Pioneer Officers Marker
Site of the Stage Robbery, Pollack Pines, Ca.
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In Respect of Joseph M. Staples Marker image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2008
4. In Respect of Joseph M. Staples Marker
An Additional Marker In Honor of Deputy Staples
Located on Main Street, Placerville
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,546 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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