Hangman's Bridge & Vigilante Justice
In order to spare the financially-strapped county the expense of a jury trial, and due to the trouble of finding a jury that was unbiased, the county arranged for Reusch to be transported to Mono County for a fair trial. Reusch never made it out of Alpine County. On April 17, 1874, local armed vigilanted stopped Reusch’s escort at a point on the east fork Carson River and took Reusch as their prisoner. They put a noose around his neck and dropped him over the side of the bridge. Vigilante justice was fast, and it can be assumed that whiskey was involved.
The original plaque was buried in an unmarked grave after being rejected by the Bureau of Land Management and could not be placed at the location of hangman’s bridge, located 1.5 miles east of Markleeville on HWY 89. Due to some “Historical
Dedicated on July 26, 2014 (6019)
Buried, rewritten and dedicated in 2017 (6022)
By the Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827
of The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus
Erected 2017 by Snowshoe Thompson Chapter #1827 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 38° 41.674′ N, 119° 46.957′ W. Marker is in Markleeville, California, in Alpine County. Marker is on School Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 School Street, Markleeville CA 96120, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Webster School (within shouting distance of this marker); Alpine County Historical Complex (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lost Whiskey of Raymond (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Log Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Webster School (about 400 feet away, measured in a
More about this marker. As explained on the historical marker, it could not be placed at the site of Hangman’s Bridge. Hangman's Bridge is 1½ miles east of Markleeville on Highway 89.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 14, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Frank Gunshow Sanchez of Hollister, California. This page has been viewed 132 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2018. 3. submitted on April 14, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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