Hangman's Tree

California State Historic Landmark 141

Plaque exists. Site exists. Landmark location. Landmark comments.

Plaque Photo:

This city in the days of '49 was called "Hangtown"
This was the site of Elstner's hay yard on which stood the 'hangman's tree where vigilantes executed many men for various crimes. The stump of the tree is under this building.

Site Photo:



305 Main St, Placerville.


Site is now a bar called "Hangman's Tree", complete with a dummy hanging from the front of the building.

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