Skip to Main Content

Foresthill, California: Roadside Grave of Old Joe - Murdered Stagecoach Horse

Old Joe was gunned down during a stagecoach robbery. A stone monument with a plaque and half-embedded wagon wheel marks the fatal spot, and an older monument marks the grave.

19298 Foresthill Rd, Foresthill, CA
I-80 exit 121. Drive northeast on Foresthill Rd for 10.5 miles. Monument on right shoulder.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Roadside Grave of Old Joe - Murdered Stagecoach Horse

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Old Joe monument.

Roadside Grave of Old Joe - Murdered Stagecoach Horse

The grave of Old Joe, murdered horse.

[Jolene, 10/26/2015]

Gunned down by Henry Wise on July 3, 1901. Just before the fatal shot by the stagecoach robber, driver Henry Crockett told him: "You are only foolin'." Old Joe was buried where he fell, and a rock monument marks the grave. A century later, a second monument was erected by the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Old Joe marker.

Roadside Grave of Old Joe - Murdered Stagecoach Horse

I grew up on the Auburn-Foresthill Rd. At the end of our driveway where we caught the bus was the grave of "Old Joe." He was a stagecoach horse shot during a robbery. It's never been officially put on the marker, but the town always said that it was because of his devotion to his route, and he would have raced to his next stop with his driver alerting the authorities before the bandits had a chance to make their getaway.

My family still lives there, and a couple of years ago the road was widened considerably. When his headstone was removed, the community threw such a fit that now there is a much larger traditional "Gold Country"-looking stone marker with his story and a large coach wheel embedded in the top of the stones. I was glad to see this -- mostly because some of my first memories are pulling the weeds away from his marker so that it could be read while waiting for the bus to go to school.

[Shanti Warlick, 04/26/2002]

October 2015: Photo added.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bicentennial Gold Mining NozzleBicentennial Gold Mining Nozzle, Colfax, CA - 8 mi.
Towering Grave of California's Gold DiscovererTowering Grave of California's Gold Discoverer, Coloma, CA - 14 mi.
The Coolie - Ken Fox StatueThe Coolie - Ken Fox Statue, Auburn, CA - 10 mi.
In the region:
Real Space Capsule on School Playground, Ophir, CA - 13 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

California Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

World's Largest Cat, Pine Island, New York (Apr 22-28, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings