Frontier Justice

Frontier Justice (HMP5B)

Location: Bridgeport, CA 93517 Mono County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 15.35', W 119° 13.667'

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On this site, Bridgeport's most sensational court trial occurred June 9th, 1891. Ah Quong Tai, a local Chinese businessman accused of the cannibalistic murder of Poker Tom, a well known Paiute Indian, appeared in court defended by two attorneys, J.C. Murphy and W.O. Parker. Reportedly, several hundred people gathered around the Bridgeport Justice Court to observe this much anticipated trial. Although Deputy District Attorney Hayes made a strong case, Judge T. Fales ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge Tai with murder due to lack of witnesses, physical evidence and the body could not be identified. As Tai was being released, he met his fate, ironically no charges were filed in the death of Tai due to the lack of witnesses, physical evidence, and the body could not be identified. Although this is only a footnote in California Case Law, it is a noteworthy example of the 1800's frontier justice.
HM NumberHMP5B
Series This marker is part of the E Clampus Vitus series
Year Placed2009
Placed ByBodie Chapter 64, E Clampus Vitus
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 12:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 305076 N 4236547
Decimal Degrees38.25583333, -119.22778333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.35', W 119° 13.667'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 21.00" N, 119° 13' 40.02" W
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Area Code(s)760
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-241 Main St, Bridgeport CA 93517, US
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