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Dead men in a forest

An interpretive marker placed by Eagle Scouts¹ explains that Chinese merchant Hung Yuen was setting off fireworks along the Pierce Main Street one stormy summer night in 1885 while noted pioneer David M. Fraser slept in the back of his General Store. The next morning when Fraser was found brutally hacked and shot to death (unheard amidst the fireworks), suspicion fell on Yeun and four others who were thought to have reason to want Fraser dead.


¹ Clearwater Tribune, “Eagle Scout Project at Pierce Chinese Hanging Site” (June 10, 2010):

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Taken on August 9, 2013