Sierra County Sheriff's Gallows

Sierra County Sheriff's Gallows (HM137V)

Location: Alleghany, CA 95910 Sierra County
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N 39° 33.527', W 120° 49.801'

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Sierra County Sheriff's Gallows
On November 27, 1885, 20 year-old James O'Neill was hanged from this gallows for the August 7, 1884 murder of Webber Lake dairyman John Woodward. That execution, conducted by Sheriff Samuel C. Stewart, approximately 100 feet west of this site, was the last legal execution in Sierra County and the only time this gallows was used. Changes in State law in 1891 ended local executions in California and further changes in 1941 ended hanging as a means of legal execution within the state.

Second Marker:
This Gallows
Erected 1857

Last execution here on Friday November 27, 1885 by Sheriff Sam Stewart
Marker placed May 17, 1953 by
Naomi Parlor No. 36
Native Daughters of the Golden West
HM NumberHM137V
Series This marker is part of the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series
Marker Number971
Year Placed1988
Placed ByState Department of Parks and Recreation, County of Sierra and Sgt. Lee Adams, Project Director, Native Daughters of the Golden West
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 3:34pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10S E 686424 N 4381037
Decimal Degrees39.55878333, -120.83001667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 33.527', W 120° 49.801'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 33' 31.62" N, 120° 49' 48.06" W
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Area Code(s)530
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 168-170 Galloway St, Alleghany CA 95910, US
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