Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hangman’s Tree Bar: Historical bottles found in mud


CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES on the Harrick building in downtown Placerville Tuesday Jan. 21. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

From page A1 | February 19, 2014 | 20 Comments

Scaffolding and workers have been all around the Herrick and Hangman’s Tree building, 301 and 305 Main Street, for months, but the owners, Tim and Sue Taylor, are taking their time and paying as they go. The restoration of the historic buildings is the goal of the couple that purchased them in April of 2012.

The first focus has been to restore the structural integrity of the buildings. “We have been doing a lot of work, but it doesn’t really show,” said Sue Taylor. “We did the footings on the Herrick building and now we’re working on the Hangman’s Tree building. We pulled off the plaster and have been cleaning. We’re doing the footings on the front and back of the building now.”

Another project that is underway is excavating the crawl space under the Hangman’s Tree building and that has turned out to be unexpectedly interesting.

“We’re going very slowly because the mud underneath is full of old bottles,” said Taylor. “We want to go about 3 feet down to where we can see wooden planks, maybe from when it was a hay barn, but with all the bottles we’re finding, we’re being very painstaking.”

A bottle collector looked at some of the bottles the Taylors have found. “He told us that there were two major floods in Placerville. In the layer of mud you can see where the rainwater washed over it and about a foot above it, there is another waterline. There are a lot of bottles embedded in the mud with such a variety of styles,” said Taylor.

The antique bottles are stored off-site for safe-keeping, but Taylor said they found a Coke bottle with “Placerville” stamped on it.

The Taylors are also having metal shutters and a metal door constructed for the building and are planning to reuse the exterior siding from the Hangman’s building. “It’s in great shape. The brick we restored on the Herrick building turned out really nice. They (brick masons) did a great job,” she said.

The shared roof of the buildings was also restored, another accomplishment of last year. “It’s in great shape now, but it was a lot more work than we planned,” Taylor said. Once the footings of the Hangman’s Tree are done, Taylor said they will frame around them. “How long this all takes depends on how long it will take to dig the crawl space out. We aren’t putting any timelines to this.”

“It’s not really exciting yet,” said Taylor, “but once we start on the store fronts, that will be fun.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.


Discussion | 20 comments

  • Fran DuchampFebruary 18, 2014 - 4:25 pm

    How fun :)

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  • EvelynFebruary 18, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Herrick Building: July 2013: HERE

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  • MichelleFebruary 18, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    I have old home in Placerville and have found many things, bottles, marbles, pocket watches, bones(cops didn’t want them) etc. But the weird thing is after removing drywall and many layers of wallpaper, underneath, attached to walls, end to end, were flour and grain sacks all sewn together. Many diff kinds from SF and Sac with 1910 dates on them and great graphics. There must have been a hole in one wall at one time as I have found Army men, tops, old monopoly pieces, many different old toys only in that one spot. Also in one wall were lots of posters from a 4th annual Xmas dance at Landis Hall, Diamond Springs, no date but admission for women was 50 cents and Frank Hamilton was the featured band . These links were all I could find on Landis Hall. Graphics look about 30's-40's. Being from Tahoe I don’t know anything about it. Any info anyone?…………………….

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  • Sandra F.February 19, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Michelle, Good work, I say God bless to all you private homeowners for restoring these old homes in "the historical district", as I have watched many of you who actually do the work themselves while maintaining their regular jobs. I have a neighbor who has been working on her Victorian (doing all work herself) for over 20 years, yet still is not done. In fact, Michelle, is that you? There are no front-page stories for you. However, I appreciate your work, kudos. Hey MD,how about a story about all the "little guys" who have restored the Faded Ladies?

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  • LpFebruary 19, 2014 - 12:00 am

    God bless you Sue, and all the workers who are trying to restore all we have left of our historic town....

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  • Just a taxpaying Placerville citizenFebruary 19, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    My favorite part of this story is the photo of the truck blocking the 'temporary sidewalk' (has it been a year yet?). Did someone get a permit from the city of Placerville allowing them to fence off the public side walk and then park vehicles in the pedestrian right of way. As it stands, pedestrians and wheel chairs have to go into the street to get around the construction site. Is it illegal or not to park in front of this eyesore? There are no city signs saying 'NO Parking" and it seems whomever controls the traffic cones does so at their own pleasure. Please give the taxpayers of Placerville their sidewalk back.

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  • Another taxpaying Placerville citizenFebruary 19, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    I can't believe it. We are finally getting a beat up old eyesore of a building that was ready to fall down in the street completely renovated, and someone's complaining about the construction. What a joke.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 5:38 pm

    History matters. Remember "Benjamin Moore Paints To Launch "Main Street Matters," Its Biggest Ever Multi-Platform Campaign To Revitalize Cities And Towns Across North America" Placerville main street--won.<---maybe we should write them and tell them all those stories about our history doesnt matter after all--that many people just wrote in for the frre paint. that should go over well. Let me know--I have some contacts down south --that would love that story. This family is restoring a part of history--at their own cost. I think thats fantastic.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    sorry FREE paint.

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  • EvelynFebruary 19, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    One or two people in this town have been ramping up their private gloating machines, salivating over hoped-for failure by the Taylors. Chief among them: Foaming at the Mouth. Last year, pulling out all stops, he bemoaned Sue's sandals and tie-die.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Miss Evelyn --I just dont get the logic of some...preserving our heritage is on everything...yet when it comes down to it--the same people dont really care. Benjamin Moore Paints is coming soon and with cameras. We said we loved our historic main street...hopefully people will not make us look really stupid on national saying we lied...and only wanted free paint. rolling eyeballs. Does the city council ever think outside their box? Something this big--backed by one of the biggest actors of our time...will send people in unannouced --way before the actually event. They do not want mistakes. Sue and her family are showing that they are taking the time and their own money to carefully restore a part of the history of "hangtown." I dont know...maybe another place should have won. This does go to where-- some dont care about preserving our heritage as proclaimed. I hope they are documenting it all--would make a great photo book.

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  • doesitmatter?February 19, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Fran, who wrote in for free paint? “maybe we should write them and tell them all those stories about our history doesn’t matter after all--that many people just wrote in for the free paint. that should go over well. Let me know--I have some contacts down south -” You are very mean spirited. Can’t you people post comments without being rude, condescending, or snarky ? What is wrong with you people who post on this site? What a vile lot. No wonder normal people do not post here any more. You run to that disgusting Cookies’ defense, under the guise of freedom of speech, yet voice no opposition when Cookies’ constant personal attacks silences others. This place is worse than Rant and Raves. And who are your “contacts down south”? Let me guess, the Black paint Gurrilla Family. As someone who did a lot of work to bring Benjamin Moore here I;m disgusted by your comment “maybe another place should have won.” but typical for the Md comment section. Don't bother replying as with most people, I'm done with this site.

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  • Foaming at the MouthFebruary 19, 2014 - 9:48 pm

    Foaming has missed you, too, Evelyn! Foamimg doesn't root for failure, but knows what a fool's errand looks like. You can see what it looks like at the top of this coln, Evelyn. But Foaming will buy Sue a cup of coffee if she finishes, because Sue won't be able to afford one. Oh, btw, it's "tie-dye." And what makes you think you know Foaming's gender?

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  • rachelFebruary 20, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    No kidding!! I think it is great to see something done to this old building. Can't wait to see it when it is all done.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 19, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    That tiny coke bottle next to the quarter--is it a collectors pin?

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  • James E.February 19, 2014 - 9:56 pm

    Site pool on Foaming's gender. I vote male.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 19, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Longshot 1:10 ~~~ Hermaphrodite

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 20, 2014 - 2:10 pm

    doesitmatter? I dont really care what you like--sorry. I do know that their are some places that lost--because we won. yet i watch and listen to people complain about the restoration of this place on main. Read my statement again...I said if this wonderful building doesnt get the credit it deserves--its place in history on main...then "yes"--whoever sent in all the information to the contest lied. This contest was not about having a "cute" was about "loving" a town...and its history. If you do not like my remarks--dont read them. and yes I have friends down south that felt Venice should have won. that includes many of the performers. so either support the whole place...or allow a place embraces its totality. I have heard people say to ;look ibnto a Kincade "look" his paintings he rarely included people...he felt it distrubed the scene. People happen to be in your scene. How about writing some stories about the buildings and history of the main area. I voted for this to happen...because I honor the history of the place. It is not a perfect place--their is blood of thousands before us here...with dreams come and gone. Ghosts of good and bad. Here is a family through their own money are restoring history...and at the same time finding treasures.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 20, 2014 - 2:16 pm

    wow...lots of topos. This is because I am what people think is important. History matters--blood stains and all.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 20, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    My first comment--the first comment of this thread. Fran DuchampFebruary 18, 2014 - 4:25 pm How fun :)

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