Humboldt wasn’t the only county with problems

Condition of S.F. Jail, 1862

Condition of S.F. Jail, 1862

I ran across this report last night and couldn’t resist sharing.  Some communities in Humboldt County used a tree   to contain their prisoners and San Francisco got creative and built a tunnel–not that it worked that well, apparently.

Elsewhere in the report, the San Francisco Sheriff laments that he has less than forty officers for a city of 80,000, making it impossible for him to keep order.  Especially, he stressed , in a gold rush town where passions ran high and everyone was armed.  You gotta feel for the guy.

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One Response to Humboldt wasn’t the only county with problems

  1. Dr. K says:

    Hi Lynette. Like many of your other readers I came across your blog while researching a topic in California history. You are doing really impressive work. I was looking for information on jails in San Francisco in 1862 and you have this wonderful article. Could you tell me what newspaper it is from? I was also wondering if you know if there is a way to search lists of jail inmates going back as far as 1862. I am currently studying a man who was sent to prison in San Francisco in that year but I have come to a dead end because I don’t have the prison records. Here is the guy I am tracking: a wonderful shady character: http://emmaallison.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/who-was-a-d-marchand-a-treasure-of-gold/

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