The site is listed as #141 of California’s Historical Landmarks. For years, a gold rush-era clad dummy hung from a noose in front of the historic Hangman’s Tree Bar on Main Street. At one point, during California’s Gold Rush, Placerville was called Hangtown because of the numerous hangings that took place in the town.
An original photo bought in San Franciso about 15 years ago. It's a classic image of Lotta Crabtree smoking a cigar. She was a major singer-actress in the 1880s earning up to 5K a week and when she died in 1924 she left an estate worth 4 million. She donated a fountain to San Fran at Market & Kearny where people meet to mark the anniversary of the 1906 earthquake.
Stephen C. Massett, better known as “Jeemes Pipes of Pipesville” was an original personality that came in the argonaut band of '49. He worked as an actor, composer, author & monologistan Francisco’s very first entertainment was given by Massett, who on 6/22/49, at the Police Office, rendered a program consisting of vocal music & recitations. The program read “ Front seats reserved for ladies!" History records that there were but 4 ladies present - probably the only 4 in the town at the time.
(10/23/1810-5/18/1848) ~ William Alexander Leidesdorff, Jr., born on St. Croix, Danish West Indies, now the US Virgin Islands, was a highly successful & enterprising businessman. A West Indian immigrant of African Cuban, possibly Carib, Danish & Jewish ancestry, William became a US citizen in New Orleans in 1834. He migrated to California in 1841, then under Mexican rule, settling in Yerba Buena (San Francisco), a village of c. 30 European-Mexican families. A Sacramento highway bears his name.