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

Three Unfortunates Hanged

 
 
Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 2, 2008
1. Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker
Inscription. “Somewhere here lie the remains of the three unfortunates hanged in late 1849 from the oak tree in the feed corral after fair trial by the vigilantes. This incident changed the name of Dry Diggins to Hangtown.

Let us not judge them too harshly for those were the rough days of the great Gold Rush.”
 
Erected 1959 by The James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 43.72′ N, 120° 48.178′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street and Enterstate 50, on the left when traveling north on Center Street. Click for map. Marker is across Center Street from the Placerville City Hall. 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. Hangmans Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café
Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 2, 2008
2. Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snowshoe Thompson (about 300 feet away); Placerville Pony Express (about 300 feet away); Randolph Jewelers (about 400 feet away); History of Old Town Center (about 500 feet away); Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Placerville.
 
Also see . . .  Stories in El Dorado County History. (Submitted on November 16, 2008.)
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Hangman's Tree image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
3. Hangman's Tree
Site of the Oak Tree
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,045 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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