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Bellingham in Whatcom County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
 

Town Pillory

 
 
Town Pillory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
1. Town Pillory Marker
Inscription.  
Location of
town pillory
1890

 
Location. 48° 43.211′ N, 122° 30.231′ W. Marker is in Bellingham, Washington, in Whatcom County. Marker is on Harris Street west of 11th Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1011 Harris Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Counterfeiters' Hide Out (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles X. Larrabee (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairhaven Canning Company (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Legacy of Byron Elmendorf (approx. 0.4 miles away); It Takes A Community (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington State's Oldest Brick Building (approx. 2˝ miles away); Pickett Bridge (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellingham.
 
Also see . . .  Town Pillory (Fairhaven.com). "This was Judge Curry’s answer to those who couldn’t pay court costs and yet refused to work on the chain gang.
Town Pillory Marker - wide view, looking east on Harris Avenue image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 9, 2019
2. Town Pillory Marker - wide view, looking east on Harris Avenue
The marker is visible here in the foreground, set in the brickwork.
The first man assigned to this airy post was one James “Dignified” Donovan. Donovan was the first man to “volunteer” to work the chain gang. Thinking that he would be laughed at by the boys, he sat down and refused to work. Judge Curry saw his point and extended his stay at the McGinty (boat jail) to 30 days and directed the town marshal to stake him out each morning of those 30 days in front of the real estate-courthouse." (Submitted on October 11, 2019.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 11, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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