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Pierce in Clearwater County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
 

Chinese Hanging

 
 
Chinese Hanging Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
1. Chinese Hanging Marker
Inscription. Charged with hacking a prominent local merchant to pieces, five Chinese were hanged here by vigilantes Sept. 18, 1885.
They were just setting out on a long, hard 240 mile trip from Pierce to face trial at the county seat in Murray when the vigilantes struck. A large group of armed, masked men forced the deputy sheriff and his posse to give up the Chinese prisoners and to return to Pierce. A marked trail leads 365 feet from here to the site where this incident occurred.
 
Erected by Idaho Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 307.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Idaho State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 46° 28.284′ N, 115° 49.08′ W. Marker is in Pierce, Idaho, in Clearwater County. Marker is on State Highway 11 at milepost 27 near Fromelt Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pierce ID 83546, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gold Discovered (a few steps from this marker); Pierce Gold Rush (a few steps from this marker); Boom & Chinese of Pierce (within shouting distance
Chinese Hanging Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 6, 2018
2. Chinese Hanging Marker
of this marker); Murder & Vigilantes (within shouting distance of this marker); Oro Fino City (approx. one mile away); Pierce Courthouse (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Pierce Courthouse (approx. 1.7 miles away); Canal Gulch (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pierce.
 
Also see . . .  Site of the Chinese Hanging Tree - The No Place Project. A perfunctory investigation of the original murder took place the following year at the request of the Governor, and it quickly concluded that the Chinese were the guilty parties. No one was every charged with the murders of the Chinese. (Submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 64 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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