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Placerville, California: Hanged Dummy at Hangman's Tree

A dummy dangles from a noose outside the Hangman's Tree bar. The stump of the white oak tree used in Placerville's first hanging (1849) is supposedly in the building's basement (Placerville was originally named Hangtown). A plaque next to city hall asks for empathy for the hangmen.

316 Main St., Placerville, CA
Main St. north side, east of Sacramento St.
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Hanging Man

Still hanging around, supervising Old Town Placerville!

[Brian R., 04/25/2022]

Placerville was once known as "Hangtown" for its terminal approach to frontier justice.

Hangman's Tree

There is no tree stump left -- and actually the tree was next door, not even at the saloon. The sheriff was out of town when the three men were tried by a group that had no business doing so, then hanged. It was sad what they got away with.

[Tricia, 03/15/2022]

The stump of the hangman's tree is supposedly kept in the saloon's basement.

Hanged Dummy at Hangman's Tree

The Dummy is still there, but the Hangman's Tree is no longer a tavern; it's an ice cream parlor.

[Dwight, 10/14/2017]

Delivering a double-scoop of Wild West justice.

Hanged dummy.

Hangtown Dummy

Saw him hanging proudly today! Now the building below had a new business, no longer a condemned building!

[Princess Jewell, 04/01/2017]

Hangman's Tree historic spot.

Hanged Dummy at Hangman's Tree

Interesting place! I saw a noose but no dummy.

[Janet, 04/24/2016]

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