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Near Bishop in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Lynching of the Convicts

 
 
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By Michael Kindig, September 15, 2013
1. Lynching of the Convicts Marker
Inscription.  Near this location, on Oct. 1, 1871, escaped convicts Moses Black and Leander Morton were lynched by vigilantes to avenge the killing of Robert Morrison, a well liked Wells Fargo agent from Benton. Morrison was a member of the sheriff's posse who captured the convicts who had escaped from the Nevada State Penitentiary in Carson City. Following a two hour "court" proceeding the "jury" agreed that Black and Morton were guilty and they were immediately hung from a make-shift scaffold, which was quickly built during the trial.
 
Erected 2005 by Slim Princess Chapter No. 395, E Clampus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1871.
 
Location. 37° 22.562′ N, 118° 27.264′ W. Marker is near Bishop, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on U.S. 395, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3951 North Sierra Highway, Bishop CA 93514, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
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By Michael Kindig, September 15, 2013
2. Lynching of the Convicts Marker
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. San Francis Ranch (approx. one mile away); Bishop Creek Battleground (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Mule (approx. 3 miles away); "Atlas Copco Mucker" (approx. 3.3 miles away); History of "Dangerous Arrest" (approx. 3.3 miles away); The Little Kittie Inn (approx. 3.4 miles away); Whiskey Creek History (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Ernest Kinney Teamster Family Mural (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bishop.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Marker at Convict Lake
 
Also see . . .  Gun Play at Convict Lake. (Submitted on March 25, 2014.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2014, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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