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Placerville in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Three Unfortunates Hanged

 
 
Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 2, 2008
1. Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker
Inscription.  “Somewhere here lie the remains of the three unfortunates hanged in late 1849 from the oak tree in the feed corral after fair trial by the vigilantes. This incident changed the name of Dry Diggins to Hangtown.

Let us not judge them too harshly for those were the rough days of the great Gold Rush.”
 
Erected 1959 by The James W. Marshall Chapter No. 49, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable EventsNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 38° 43.72′ N, 120° 48.178′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street and Enterstate 50, on the left when traveling north on Center Street. Marker is across Center Street from the Placerville City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Placerville CA 95667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hangmans Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building
Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 2, 2008
2. Three Unfortunates Hanged Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Snowshoe Thompson (about 300 feet away); Placerville Pony Express (about 300 feet away); Randolph Jewelers (about 400 feet away); History of Old Town Center (about 500 feet away); Sgt. J. Scott Lindsay (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
Placerville, Ca c1851 image. Click for full size.
By Stephen McLendon
3. Placerville, Ca c1851
Hangman's Tree can be seen at left center above the Jackass Saloon later to be known as the Hangmans Tree bar.
Hangman's Tree image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
4. Hangman's Tree
Site of the Oak Tree
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 21, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,364 times since then and 49 times this year. Last updated on July 30, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on February 27, 2019, by Stephen McLendon of Placerville, Calif.   4. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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