Hangman's Tree (6.5 Miles)
for a tree surrounded by rail fence next to road.
As miners and prospectors came to seek their
fortune, outlaws, claim jumpers, gamblers, and other
trouble makers followed close behind.
In late August, 1861, the valley was taken over by
an organized band of horse thieves from
, known as
button’s Gang. The
gangs’ domination was so complete they simply
commandeered any cabin they wanted and appropriated any
supplies or equipment they fancied.
An estimated 50 murders were committed in the first
two years of the discovery of
For example, “Hell Roaring Johnson” was shot
when he tried to fix the first election in the valley.
Some outlaws evaded justice, but those who didn’t
met their Maker on Hangman’s Tree.
For many years, this juniper tree was mistaken to
be the famous Hangman’s Tree, the symbol of law and
justice in the turbulent
(The original Hangman’s Tree is now believed to
be a stump 100 feet east of
you can look up and imagine the scene when as many as four
outlaws were hanged at once from the branches of a large