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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law Enforcement • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series list.
Location. 38° 46.046′ N, 120° 33.083′ W. Marker is near Pollack Pines, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is on Pony Express Trail, on the left when traveling east. Take Sly Park Exit off of Highway 50, take a right on Pony Express Trail, marker is located at end of the road. 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. (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
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 gang rode hard until they arrived at 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. Word was sent to Placerville of what had happened.
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
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 number of ladies”.
We want to thank Deputy Staples, even after all this time, we will not forget your sacrifice.
— Submitted July 2, 2019.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,117 times since then and 78 times this year. It 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.