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The Squatters Riot

 
 
The Squatters Riot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 28, 2008
1. The Squatters Riot Marker
Inscription.  In the street, at the corner of Fourth and J, on Aug. 14, 1850, settlers were confronted by the Mayor and the Sheriff. The fatalities that day and the next ended
THE SQUATTERS RIOTS
[Column 1]
Hardin Bigelow, Mayor
J. W. Woodland, Assessor
Joseph McKinney, Sheriff

[Column 2]
James Maloney, Squatter
Jesse Morgan, Squatter
Three Others, Squatter
 
Erected 1982 by New Helvetia Chapter No.5, E. Clampus Vitus, August 7, 1982.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1865.
 
Location. 38° 34.943′ N, 121° 30.097′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Marker can be reached from J Street near 4th Street, on the right. Marker is mounted on the California Fruit Building facing J Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sacramento CA 95814, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. George Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Central Pacific’s Other Big Four
The Squatters Riot Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 28, 2008
2. The Squatters Riot Marker
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(within shouting distance of this marker); The Pony Express (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); B.F. Hastings Bank Building (about 800 feet away); Old Sacramento (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named The Pony Express (about 800 feet away); Sacramento's Original Level (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sacramento Engine Company No. 3 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Additional commentary.
1. The Squatters Riots
Gold Rush newcomers are unhappy about Sutter's land titles and the result are the "Squatter's Riots. " The climax of these riots is a gun fight at the corner of 4th and J Streets in Sacramento. Victims of these riots include both the city's sheriff and mayor.
Source: Sacramento History Online – TimeLine 1850 (http://www.sacramentohistory.org/resources_timeline.html#4079)
    — Submitted December 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
 
The California Fruit Building image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, December 28, 2008
3. The California Fruit Building
4th Street view of building. Marker is located on J Street side of building - off photo to the right
Hardin Bigelow Burial Site image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle, May 30, 2006
4. Hardin Bigelow Burial Site
Sacramento City Cemetery
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Joseph H. McKinney Marker image. Click for more information.
By Syd Whittle
5. Joseph H. McKinney Marker
Sheriff McKinney was originally buried at the New Helvetia Cemetery, but was later re-interred at East Lawn Memorial Park.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,226 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 28, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   5. submitted on May 11, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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