Fiddlers Murdered at Ophir Creek

Fiddlers Murdered at Ophir Creek (HM28NN)

Location: Placerville, ID 83666 Boise County
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Country: United States of America
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N 43° 56.526', W 115° 57.03'

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On June 4, 1865 near the tollgate on the road from Placerville to Centerville, George Wilson was murdered, robbed of his gold dust and his body hidden in a prospect hole full of water. Two musicians, banjo player L. Moulton and fiddler Fred Cursons traveling from Placerville happened upon the crime in progress. Both men were shot in the back while attempting to flee the crime scene. Deputy Sheriff Maloney and his posse searched in vain for the suspects who eluded justice.
Local legend reveals those three unfortunate men and possible Owrn McCaler, who died earlier the same day what stricken by a falling tree on California Hill, where buried together in a single grave at this site. Four pine trees have grown from the corners of their gravesite to stand a silent watch over the bodies of these unfortunate men and to serve as solemn reminders of the bloodiest day in Placerville's history.
HM NumberHM28NN
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2003
Placed ByPlacerville Historical Society and E Clampus Vitus, Lewis and Clark Outpost No. 1805 of Chief Truckee Chapter No. 3691
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at 7:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11T E 584224 N 4865977
Decimal Degrees43.94210000, -115.95050000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 56.526', W 115° 57.03'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 56' 31.56" N, 115° 57' 1.8000000000001" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 435 Granite Creek Rd, Placerville ID 83666, US
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