Local author chronicles Nevada County hangings | TheUnion.com

Local author chronicles Nevada County hangings

Orval Bronson, a local author whose previous book chronicled the history of Nevada City, has written a new book about hangings in this area.

“Launched into Eternity” deals with the period from 1851 to 1884 when 13 men were executed in Nevada County: six were hanged by vigilantes and seven were hanged after trials.

Three others escaped the hangman’s noose, two by suicide, one thanks to a state Supreme Court intervention.

When An Inner Sanctum owner, Nicole Dillard, learned about Bronson’s newest book, she spoke to him about a book signing to help promote it.

“I have sold many of his Nevada City books, and one reason for its success is the content integrity and completeness.

I knew his latest book would be the same – and it is! ‘Lynchings’ is a fascinating account of the vigilance and ‘legal’ process of historic Nevada County.”

Bronson will sign copies of his book from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the An Inner Sanctum, 308 Broad St. Copies of his first book, “Nevada City,” which was published six years ago, will be available as well.

The new book features stories of these unfortunate men and includes timelines of the offices of Nevada County District Attorney, Nevada County Sheriff and profiles of judges Niles Searls, Thomas McFarland and Thomas Caswell.

Orval Bronson has written numerous articles for the Nevada County Historical Society.

He has been a featured speaker around California on the subjects of state history and literature.

“Launched into Eternity” is a valuable addition to the historical chronicles of Nevada County and California history.

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