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

Bullion Bend Robbery

 
 
Bullion Bend Robbery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 2016
1. Bullion Bend Robbery Marker
Inscription.  On June 30, 1864, two Pioneer Line coaches were stopped at gunpoint on the Pony Express Trail at a sharp bend on the trail forever to be known as Bullion Bend in Pollock Pines. Both coaches were robbed by a band of Confederate irregulars, all members of a secret society known as the Knights of the Golden Circle. The spoils from the robbery were to be used to recruit soldiers in California for the Confederate Army. Hours after the holdup, El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff, Joseph Staples, became the first officer in this county’s history to die in the line of duty. He was killed in the gunfight at the Somerset House while attempting to arrest the men responsible for the infamous Bullion Bend Robbery.

Historian: Anthony M. Belli
 
Erected by Sponsored by the El Dorado Savings Bank.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Events. A significant historical date for this entry is June 30, 1864.
 
Location. 38° 45.767′ N, 120° 34.68′ W. Marker is in Pollock Pines, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Pony Express Trail (Lincoln
Bullion Bend Robbery Marker and Painting Depicting the Event image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 2016
2. Bullion Bend Robbery Marker and Painting Depicting the Event
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Highway) and Forebay Road, on the right when traveling east on Pony Express Trail (Lincoln Highway). The marker is located at the Northwest corner of the Safeway parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6498 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines CA 95726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mormon Emigrant Trail (here, next to this marker); The California Gold Rush (here, next to this marker); Logging in El Dorado County (here, next to this marker); In Memory of the Bravery of Our Pioneer Officers (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Pony Express - Sportsman’s Hall (approx. 2 miles away); Sportsman’s Hall (approx. 2 miles away); Jenkinson Lake (approx. 3.1 miles away); Riverton Bridge (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pollock Pines.
 
Regarding Bullion Bend Robbery. This marker is placed at a six-sided kiosk having six markers and paintings depicting the events described on the markers. Two of the markers are missing.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Bullion Bend Robbery. An article describing the robbery and what took place following the event. (Submitted on May 14, 2016.) 
 
Bullion Bend Robbery Marker, Painting and Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 2016
3. Bullion Bend Robbery Marker, Painting and Kiosk
This marker is seen on the right. The nearby marker "Logging in El Dorado County" is on the left.
The Kiosk image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 14, 2016
4. The Kiosk
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2016, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,087 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 14, 2016, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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