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Blast from the past: Hangman's Tree dummy reappears in Placerville

12:14 AM, Nov 29, 2011   |    comments
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PLACERVILLE, CA - A hangman dummy has raised concerns over whether Placerville wants to embraces its history or modern sensibilities.

A dummy tied to a noose and hung outside the old Hangman's Tree tavern was put back up during Halloween after the dummy was taken down in 2008 when the tavern closed.

Placerville was known as Hangtown during the Gold Rush after several people were hung for different crimes from a giant white oak tree, according to the City of Placeville's website. Today, the stump of the tree, located in the basement of the Hangman's Tree, is all that remains of that part of the town's history.

READ MORE: Placerville's History

"I get people in here every day asking 'where's the dummy? Where's the dummy? We came all the way here to see it!'" Hangtown Orignals owner Larry Smith said. "Magically, it popped up one day and people stopped asking."

A town hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. to talk about whether the hangman dummy should stay or go.

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