The Ghost Girls Tales: A Hangtown
August 31, 2008
It was about 4 pm on a beautiful
sunny late-August day. The Ghost Girls,
Nancy Bradley and Shannon McCabe,
along with fellow paranormal investigators
Robert Reppert, P.D.R, Judy Cooper,
Eric and Roxanne Camin, and me, Catherine
Noble, arrived at the Hangman’s
Tree Bar on Main Street in Placerville,
Now, in a bar, you can expect to
find spirits in the drinks, but at
Hangman’s Tree Bar, you might
find spirits of the ghostly kind,
too. These are the spirits we seek.
Ghost Girl and Celebrities’
Psychic, Nancy Bradley, certified
the Hangman’s Tree Bar haunted
when she investigated it some years
ago. The building is slated to be
demolished soon, as it has been deemed
unsafe, so we want to “get the
goods” before the goods are
gone. We hope the ghosts and spirits
are still “hanging” around.
Hangman’s Tree Bar is a designated
historical site, according to a plaque
by the door. In 1849, the site was
actually Elstner’s Hay Yard
and it was here that a large oak tree
spread its branches and provided a
makeshift gallows to hang “many
men.” The stump of that tree
is now under the floor beneath the
bar’s jukebox, which blared
“Walk the Line” by Johnny
Cash when we entered. Dollar bills
hung from the ceiling like green moths,
and barflies had taken up residence
on several of the barstools. Animal
trophy heads flanked the faded murals
on the walls, and cigarette smoke
was carried on the slight breeze from
the back door where a patron was smoking.
Eric proceeded to take video film
of the inside of the bar as well as
the inside of a closet that reveals
the second floor through the ceiling.
He said, “Something passed by
upstairs,” but we were not allowed
access to the second story. In fact,
the owner of the business was not
present, as we had expected, so we
fully investigate this site. We were
all disappointed. Nevertheless, Roxanne
used the EMF meter with the hope of
picking up any spirit activity. There
was a high reading at the jukebox,
but that was explained by the electrical
current there. Even so, Roxanne, Judy,
and I felt a cold spot to the left
of the jukebox and it was noted before
we were told that the hangman’s
tree stump was at that location. Roxanne
also felt a shock at the same spot.
I struck up a conversation with a
man sitting at the bar, who has lived
in Placerville for 28 years. Grizzled,
gray-haired, and toothless, 65 year-old
Harry said, “I’ve seen
ghosts here.” He said that he
saw a man and a woman dressed in old-fashioned
clothes, sitting at the end of the
bar. After about ten to fifteen minutes,
“they disappeared.” He
also told the story of a manager who
had left drinks on the bar, locked
up, and returned the next day to find
the glasses empty. Interesting stories,
but we left the Hangman’s Tree
Bar without hard evidence.
The team walked down the street to
the Liar’s Bench Bar, where
we found bartender Robin, who also
tends bar at the Hangman’s Tree
Bar. It turns out that she is the
same Robin that Nancy Bradley had
interviewed previously at that location.
(No coincidence there!) Robin told
a story of how she witnessed a shot
moved off of the bar and into the
ice tray behind the bar without the
help of human hands. She said that
boxes behind the bar would be put
into the path of the bartenders, and
when she set down cleaning supplies
and turned her back, she would find
them in a place she hadn’t put
them. Bar patron, Linda, claimed to
have been locked in the bathroom stall
at the Hangman’s Tree Bar, and
that the liquor bottles would be found
turned so that the labels faced backwards.
Ghosts and spirits can often be found
at locations where dramatic events
and high emotion occurs. Placerville,
aka “Hangtown,” fits that
description, with vigilantism ruling
the streets in the 1800s and the hangings
that occurred there. Unfortunately,
the Ghost Girls and their posse left
Hangtown this time without the proof
we were hoping to find. Maybe next
About Caterine Noble
Noble is the host and
producer of the television series
“Journey into the places,
and am also the host and producer
of the television series “Journey
into the Paranormal.” And has
been a part of many paranormal investigations,
and witnessed doorknob rattling, the
sounds of soft footsteps when nobody
in the room is moving, spirit orbs,
and the movement of objects without
the help of human hands.
She is a logical and analytical by
nature and look for the reasonable
explanation without jumping to conclusions
and calling an event “paranormal”
when it might be something easily
explained by currently known science.
“I am not afraid of the unknown—I
am intrigued by it.”
Her calm demeanor as well as her
curiosity and her desire for the truth
make her an ideal
investigator with Gold Rush Ghost
/ Truth Center and Ghost Girls.
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