A plaque in the sidewalk at 26 Main marks where that infamous Jackson live oak - the hanging tree - stood until cut down after the 1862 fire. Though recent research shows that a Rancheria tree was agent to the uplifting of many more victims, the Hanging Tree in Jackson launched 10 men into eternity, 1851 to 1855.
The next hanging after that in Jackson was legal. In 1856, Nathan Cottle was hanged in Bright's field north of town for knifing young Cole. Here are the 10 victims of the hanging tree, the "reasons" for their lynching and the dates: