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

Hangmans Tree

 
 
Hangmans Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
1. Hangmans Tree Marker
Inscription.
This city in the days of ’49
was called
“Hangtown”

This was the site of Elstner’s Hay Yard on which stood the
‘Hangman’s Tree’
where vigilantes executed many men for various crimes. The stump of the tree is under this building.

 
Erected 1934 by Marguerite Parlor No. 12 N.D.G.W. and Placerville Parlor No. 9 N.S.G.W. May 31, 1934. (Marker Number 141.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
 
Location. 38° 43.697′ N, 120° 48.147′ W. Marker is in Placerville, California, in El Dorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street on Main Street. Touch for map. The marker is on the wall of the Hangman's Tree Historic Spot Bar. Marker is at or near this postal address: 305 Main Street, Placerville CA 95667, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Forum Café / Union Hotel / United States Trio Hall / The Forum Café / The Blue Bell Café (within shouting distance of this marker); Branch Saloon/Bingham's Jewelrey/Seligman Building/Ewing Building (within shouting distance
The Stump of the Tree is Under this "Establishment" image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 30, 2005
2. The Stump of the Tree is Under this "Establishment"
of this marker); Three Unfortunates Hanged (within shouting distance of this marker); Snowshoe Thompson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Placerville Pony Express (about 300 feet away); Randolph Jewelers (about 300 feet away); History of Old Town Center (about 500 feet away); Davis and Roy News Depot / Shelley Inch Building / Placerville News Company (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Placerville.
 
More about this marker. This site is a California Registered Historical Landmark (No. 141).
 
Also see . . .
1. Gold Rush Chronicles Old Hangtown. (Submitted on August 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. Stories in El Dorado County History. (Submitted on November 16, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Vintage Postcard image. Click for full size.
By Frashers Foto
3. Vintage Postcard
Hangman's Tree - Historical Spot
Placerville, El Dorado County, California
This city in the Days of '49, was called 'Hangtown'. The site of Elstner's Hay Yard on which stood the 'Hangman's Tree' is where vigilantes executed many men for various crimes. The stump of the tree is under this building.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 3,270 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 20, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on September 17, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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