Near Pollack Pines in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
In Memory of the Bravery of Our Pioneer Officers
Erected 1916 by The Placerville Parlors of Native Sons and Daughters, Placerville, Cal. September 9, 1916.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 38° 46.046′ N, 120° 33.083′ W. Marker is near Pollack Pines, California Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pollock Pines CA 95726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bullion Bend Robbery (approx. 1½ miles away); The Mormon Emigrant Trail (approx. 1½ miles away); The California Gold Rush (approx. 1½ miles away); Logging in El Dorado County (approx. 1½ miles away); The Pony Express - Sportsman’s Hall (approx. 3.4 miles away); Sportsman’s Hall (approx. 3.4 miles away); Jenkinson Lake (approx. 3½ miles away); Riverton Bridge (approx. 5½ miles away).
Also see . . . George Cross – Stage Robbery Information. “Ranney tried to persuade him to wait for Van Eaton and the reinforcements, but Staples refused, cocked his gun and ran into the room, demanding their surrender. Ranney, realizing that Staples was seriously outnumbered by the robbers, pulled his gun and followed him. The two were met by a fusillade of bullets. One of the robbers, a fellow by the name of Poole, was seriously injured by Staples and was out of the battle, but the robbers’ bullets had found their mark and Staples fell, dying at Ranney's feet.” (Submitted on November 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
1. July 2, 2019 Facebook Posting by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office
Today, we want to dive into some El Dorado County History, and talk about Deputy Joseph Staples. Deputy Staples was the first Deputy Sheriff to die in the line of duty in El Dorado County. This all started with the Bullion Bend robbery.
Reportedly, a band of men, led by Thomas Poole (who had earlier in his life been an Undersheriff for Monterey County) and Ralph Henry, aka Captain R. Henry Ingrim, sought to raise funds for the Confederate Army. Their plan to get the money was to steal it. They rode to a spot 14 miles east of Placerville, and on June 30, 1864, stopped two Pioneer Stage Line coaches traveling with their shipments from Virginia City, Nevada to Placerville.
After stopping the stage and appropriating over $40,000 in silver, Captain Ingrim wrote out a receipt to Wells Fargo certifying that he had received cash. The stage was allowed to leave and the band, mounting their horses, stopped at a spring where they hid all the money except for two silver bricks and the strong box cash.
Meanwhile, the stage reached Thirteen Mile house and telegraphed the news of the holdup to Sheriff William Rogers, who immediately set out with a posse to look for the robbers. The
With a price on their heads, the bandits fled El Dorado County. They stopped at a farmhouse south of San Jose and told the farmer, Edward Hill, of their plan to rob the payroll for the workers of the New Almaden Quicksilver Mine. He quickly notified John Adams, the Sheriff of Santa Clara County. Sheriff Adams formed a posse and ultimately captured several of the group. Some of the money was recovered. Tom Poole, however, stood trial alone for the murder of Deputy Staples. On September 29, 1865, he was hanged on the Placerville Gallows.
According to the local paper’s obituary, Joe Staples was buried on July 2, 1864, at the Placerville Union Cemetery. The funeral service was well attended by residents of Placerville and Coloma, members of the fire department, county officials, friends of Staples and a “large
We want to thank Deputy Staples, even after all this time, we will not forget your sacrifice.
— Submitted July 2, 2019.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,045 times since then and 6 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week June 30, 2019. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4. submitted on June 29, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 5. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.