Downieville in Sierra County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Sierra County Sheriff’s Gallows
Last execution here on Friday November 27, 1885 by Sheriff Sam Stewart
Marker placed May 17, 1953 by
Naomi Parlor No. 36
Native Daughters of the Golden West
Erected 1988 by State Department of Parks and Recreation, County of Sierra and Sgt. Lee Adams, Project Director, Native Daughters of the Golden West. (Marker Number 971.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events California Historical Landmark, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
Location. 39° 33.527′ N, 120° 49.801′ W. Marker is in Downieville, California, in Sierra County. Marker can be reached from Courthouse Square near Calloway Street. The marker is located at the south side of the parking lot at the Sierra County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Courthouse Square, Downieville CA 95936, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sierra County, California (a few steps from this marker); Mountain Howitzers (within shouting distance of this marker); Henness Pass Road - Downieville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hirshfeldter Building (about 700 feet away); Masonic Building (about 700 feet away); Downieville Veterans Memorial (about 700 feet away); First Protestant Church (about 700 feet away); In Memory of Juanita (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downieville.
Regarding Sierra County Sheriff’s Gallows. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 971 on March 6, 1987 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 15, 1990.
Also see . . . Sheriffs Gallows. Designated California Historic Landmark No. 971 in 1988, the Sierra County Sheriff's Gallows stands adjacent the Sierra County Courthouse in Downieville, the Sierra County Seat. On November 27, 1885, James O'Neill was hanged from this gallows for the murder of John Woodward. (Submitted on June 27, 2011.)
Additional keywords. Executions
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 27, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on July 25, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos: 1. submitted on June 27, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4, 5. submitted on June 27, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.