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In 1849 a gang of three robbed gold miners along the American River, but they were apprehended by vigilantes. They were quickly hanged at a large white oak tree at Old Dry Diggins. More hangings would follow and the mining town name was changed to Hangtown. By 1854, Hangtown had become the third largest town in California, only surpassed in population by San Francisco and Sacramento. More civilized business people also brought a more respectable name change to "Placerville".

In my image is the Placerville Courthouse with a Ford Cobra from the Main Street Auto Show in front. July 9th was the 100th anniversary of the Courthouse, and it still is the active courthouse for El Dorado County. This is where I go to serve 'jury duty'. If it looks familiar, it is because it was modeled after the famous Boston Library.

PS: Placerville is much larger today as most California towns.
And 'jury duty' is a responsibility of every American citizen to serve as a jury member in their local municipal court during a trial, usually a criminal trial.
I live within El Dorado County and Placerville is the county seat.

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