Controversial Historical Landmark in Placerville. What do you think?
Controversial Historical Landmark in Placerville.
Not new to the local residents.
Do you find this Hangman’s noose offensive? Many do.
Is it a part of Placerville history? Yes it is.
That is the controversy behind this dummy in the Hangman’s Noose. The background is very extensive but here are the main points behind this Historical Landmark no. 141. First let’s look at the official description of the landmark.
NO. 141 HANGMAN'S TREE
In the days of 1849, when this city was called Hangtown, vigilantes executed many men for various crimes. This was the site of Hay Yard, on which stood the 'Hangman's Tree.' The stump of the tree is under the building on which the plaque is placed. Location: 305 Main St. Placerville
Some of the facts:
- The building is not the Historical Landmark, the tree under the building is.
- The Hangman’s Tree Building was the location of a bar by that name. It is no longer in business, and the building in structurally weak.
- The hangman dummy has been hanging there for many, many years. It is rumored to be the most photographed site in all of El Dorado County. Tourists come to see the hangman dummy.
- It can be a startling sight to see for the first time; many find it insensitive and out dated in the community. The dummy is a life size manikin that looks “life-like”.
- The dummy was taken down for a while because many found it offensive.
- Months later, the dummy has reappeared. I noticed after dinner the other night, it was still hanging on Main Street.
So what do you think about this hanging dummy? Do you find it offensive? Do you feel that it is a part of Placerville’s history? Can see it from my house, I don’t care?
I’d love to hear what you have to say!