Story at a glance

  • The Placerville City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to remove the image of the noose.
  • While some residents argued the noose is part of the city’s history, others said they found it uncomfortable and violent.
  • Others said the noose carries racial undertones.

A northern California city known as “Hangtown” has voted to remove a noose from its logo. 

The Placerville City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to remove the image of the noose after hours of emotional debate from residents both in support and opposition of the move, according to CBS Sacramento


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The city logo, which is only about 40 years old, focuses on a miner panning for gold in a river while a tree in the background shows a noose hanging from one of its branches, alluding to the city’s mid-19th century reputation as “Hangtown” due to lynchings of criminal suspects by miners. 

The town took on the name Placerville in 1854. 

While some residents argued the noose is part of the city’s history, others said they found it uncomfortable and violent, and believed it gives the city a bad reputation. 

“I kind of wish that our town was known more for like the gold mining than the hangings because that just feels unnecessarily violent,” one resident said during public comments, according to CBS Sacramento.

Others said the noose carries racial undertones and a representative of the greater Sacramento NAACP urged residents to be inclusive and remove the image. 

The city has been embroiled in a debate for close to a year over whether to drop the noose from the logo. Calls to do away with the city’s nickname and imagery associated with it came last summer following the police killing of George Floyd that sparked widespread protests against racial inequality. 


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Published on Apr 14, 2021