2017 Christmas Parade Theme Contest – Entries due July 12, 2017

The Hangtown Christmas Parade committee is having a contest for the children to pick the theme for this year’s parade.  The contest is open to children ages 6 to 14.  The winner will get to ride with Santa Claus in the parade  Please submit your ideas to the Hangman’s Tree Ice Cream Saloon at 305 Main Street or Placerville News Company at 409 Main Street.  Include in your submission the theme, name of the child, guardian, and phone number for contact information.  Entries are due by July 12, 2017.

Click here to download and print a Theme Contest Entry Form




Placerville Downtown Association video

We got a nice write-up with video on the Placerville Downtown Association’s Facebook page:



One of our Featured Businesses this month is Hangman’s Tree Ice Cream Saloon! It’s a great new business on Main Street in Placerville that harkens back to the old soda fountain days. Come in, have a great ice cream sundae or milkshake and spend some time looking over this great place. See more at http://placerville-downtown.org/businesses/hticsaloon/.

Posted by Placerville Downtown Association on Thursday, March 9, 2017

Summer 2014

This summer, we’ve done a lot of work on the building. You can check out some pictures here: Summer 2014 Photos

We’ve finished with the new roof and the upstairs exterior, so we were able to remove the scaffolding and much of the fencing. The sidewalk and parking spaces in front of our building are now open. Thanks to JD Austin, the metal shutters were rebuilt for the upstairs windows while we were doing the repairs.

IMG_9294-2IMG_9301-2The steel posts were put in to reinforce the walls. The building is over 160 years old. The first thing we did in 2013 was to Lift the Building by a few inches. We replaced the original wooden log and brick footings under the building with rebar and concrete. We also replaced or repaired the Bricks that had deteriorated. With all of these repairs the building should stand for centuries to come.

The hangman, nicknamed George, is pretty old. We are still working to verify his age and when he was put there. If anyone has history on that we would love to hear from you. We have a picture from 1947 that shows when the dummy was made of straw. Our dummy had damage to his limbs. The last time he was stolen, he came back with his arm broken off. Mike Wakeman of Mike’s Hawg Paint repaired his arm, hands, face and repainted him. He restored him better than we could have ever imagined.

Our next task is to work on the lower exterior and then we will start working on restoring the interior, mostly in the need of major clean up.

Welcome to the Hangman’s Tree Page

Welcome Visitors,

If you’re seeing this on Facebook or Google+, you can visit the site here: http://hangmanstree.com

We’ll be posting more updates as the work progresses. There will be more photos of what’s going on, and we’ll try to explain what’s been done already. For now, you can check out the Restoration Photos to see some of the work that we’ve done.

We’re also trying to expand our album of Old Photos. If you have any pictures of the building that you would like us to share here, feel free to email them to me at ben@hangmanstree.com

If you want to see some recent articles or videos, we have a page dedicated to every time we’ve been In the News.

Looking for some information about the building and Old Hangtown? Check out our History page.

If you have any information that you would like to share, you can also use the Contact Form.

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Thanks for visiting us!
Ben Taylor