Hangman's Bridge & Vigilante Justice
In order to spare the financially-strapped county the expense of a jury trial, and due to the trouble of finding a jury that was unbiased, the county arranged for Reusch to be transported to Mono County for a fair trial. Reusch never made it out of Alpine County. On April 17, 1874, local armed vigilantes stopped Reusch’s escort at a point on the east fork Carson River and took Reusch as their prisoner. They put a noose around his neck and dropped him over the side of the bridge. Vigilante justice was fast, and it can be assumed that whiskey was involved.
The original plaque was buried in an unmarked grave
Dedicated on July 26, 2014 (6019)
Buried, rewritten and dedicated in 2017 (6022)
By the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827
of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2017 by Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 17, 1874.
Location. 38° 41.674′ N, 119° 46.957′ W. Marker is in Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on School Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 School Street, Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Webster School (within shouting distance of this marker); Alpine County Historical Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lost Whiskey of Raymond (within shouting distance of this
More about this marker. As explained on the historical marker, it could not be placed at the site of Hangman’s Bridge. Hangman's Bridge is 1½ miles east of Markleeville on Highway 89.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 132 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2018. 3. submitted on April 14, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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