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Shasta in Shasta County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Gallows

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 25, 2013
1. Gallows Marker
Inscription.  This gallows is a restoration of the one on which John Baker and Charles Crouch were hanged on August 26, 1974, for the crime of murder. Before being hanged, and with permission of the officials, John Baker sang the following song:

“Faded Flowers”
Oh! The flowers that I saw in the wildwood,
have since dropped their beautiful leaves,
and the many dear friends of my childhood,
have slumbered for years in their graves.

Oh! The blooms of the flower I remember,
and the smiles I shall never more see;
for the cold chilly winds of December,
stole my flowers, my companions, from me.

There were many verses to the song, and all were sung with considerable feeling! Charles Crouch had nothing to say.
 
Erected by California State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical year for this entry is 1974.
 
Location. 40° 35.959′ N, 122° 29.5′ W. Marker is in Shasta, California, in Shasta County. Marker
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can be reached from Eureka Way (California Route 299), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Shasta CA 96087, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shasta County Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); “Stage Drivers’ Plaque” (within shouting distance of this marker); Shasta (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coyle-Foster Barn in its Heyday (within shouting distance of this marker); Coyle-Foster Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Noble’s Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Survivors of the Gold Rush (about 300 feet away); Western Star Lodge No. 2 (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shasta.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located behind the former Shasta County Courthouse building. It is now the Shasta State Historic Park Visitors Center.
 
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Gallows Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 25, 2013
2. Gallows Marker
Gallows image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, October 25, 2013
3. Gallows
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 26, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 854 times since then and 85 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 26, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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