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Downieville in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy

 
 
The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
1. The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy Marker
Inscription. In the Fall of 1853 a miner known as “Muntz” knifed and fatally wounded “Baltimore Jack” over a game of cards in Forest City. Muntz was taken to Downieville and held upstairs in the Craycroft Building for want of a jail. The next day a Forest City mob armed with “great clubs, knives, and revolvers” and “yelling like demons” attempted to take and hang Muntz. A shot rang out and Thaddeus Purdy, Sierra County’s first District Attorney fell with a bullet to his brain. He died on a table in the saloon. The victim of a friend “handling the hammer of his revolver when it slipped through his fingers”. The astonished crowd “slunk away”. Muntz was acquitted on the grounds of self defense.
 
Erected 2002 by Major William Downie, Chapter No. 1849, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 39° 33.619′ N, 120° 49.673′ W. Marker is in Downieville, California, in Sierra County. Marker is on Main Street east of Commercial Street (California Highway 49). Click for map. Marker is mounted at the far left of the Craycroft Building facing Main Street. Marker is in this post office area: Downieville CA 95936, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
The Craycroft Building and The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
2. The Craycroft Building and The Shooting of Thaddeus Purdy Marker
Marker is mounted at the far left of the building facing Main Street.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Craycroft Building (a few steps from this marker); St. Charles Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Mackerman & Company Building (a few steps from this marker); Downieville (within shouting distance of this marker); In Memory of Juanita (within shouting distance of this marker); Downieville Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Downieville Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Arrastra (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Downieville.
 
Also see . . .
1. Political History of Nineteenth Century Sierra County. In this publication by the Sierra County Historical Society, there is a detailed account of the shooting of Thaddeus Purdy and the events that led up to it. (Submitted on June 28, 2011.) 

2. Shooting of Thadeus Purdy. Excerpted from An Illustrated History of Plumas, Lassen & Sierra Counties (San Francisco: Fariss & Smith (Submitted on September 8, 2015, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
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The Craycroft Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 27, 2011
3. The Craycroft Building
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on , by James King of San Miguel, 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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