Sierra County Sheriffs Gallows, Downieville

#436 of 457 in Historic Sites in California
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Landmark
The Sierra County Sheriff's Gallows, at Galloway Rd. and Courthouse Sq. in Downieville, California in Sierra County, California, was built in 1885. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
It is a 14.5 feet (4.4 m) tall structure, about 10.5 by 11.5 feet (3.2 m × 3.5 m) in plan. It was not designed to be permanent, but rather was designed to be dismantled, stored, and reassembled as needed. Its only use, however, was in 1885. Law changes in 1891 prevented its further usage.

It is built mainly of wood, with a metal trap door and mechanism. In 1988 the gallows was restored.
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  • I can't believe I never saw this slice of history before. I have been to Downieville several times, and totally missed it. This is a must-see bit of California history, sort of tucked in a corner...  more »
  • Take a quick side trip to see this and learn some of the history of the region. Interesting to see a real life gallows and to hear some of the stories.  more »

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