Craycroft Building, built in 1852 to replace the original building which was a log cabin saloon that was destroyed in Downieville's first large fire. The new saloon featured California's longest bar, made from a single sawed board of over 70 feet long. It was at the original saloon that Juanita went to seek shelter from a lynch mob.
dates back to 1849 and is located on two branches of the North Fork of the
Yuba River. In 1850 Downieville sported 15 hotels, 4 bakeries, 4 butcher
shops, and numerous saloons. By 1851 the population was reported to be
the also the site of the first hanging of a woman, the story has been told
many ways, here is one condensed version;
The lynch mob
that had formed held a mock trial and she was hung on the Jersey bridge.
It is said that before she was hung, she said out loud "Adios
in Downieville one day, July 5, 1851. I had just got to the edge of the
town when looking down the grade I saw something on the bridge looking
like a piece of calico. When we came down we found it was a Spanish woman
that had killed a man. The mob took her out and hung her. It was the first
woman I ever saw hung, and it was the most degrading site I had ever
Today Downieville has become the mountain biking mecca of the High Sierria's with many great trails to ride. Every year Downieville gets over run with mountain bikers and the famous Downieville Downhill race is held.
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