Downtown Sierra City, the evening of June 20, 2014, a quiet, peaceful gold rush town.
The first day of summer, 2014 dawned bright and clear. Already an uneasy tension was noticeable in the typically easy going town of Sierra City, nestled at the base of the Sierra Buttes along Highway 49.
The locals could feel a change in the air, and it wasn't just that the Judge was in town. Something was going to happen today.
Large groups of people, locals and out of towners as well began to gather at the local establishments.
Local dignitaries began to gather and soon speechifying broke out.
A crowd began to gather along Highway 49, they listened and commented about the speechifying coming from the balcony.
Even with the speechifying and the building tension on the streets of Sierra City, folks smiled and had a good time.
A little after 10AM a man on a big bicycle rode into town announcing the Sheriff was coming and those who had outstanding warrants had better head for the hills.
Butte Resort proprietor, Mike Terwilliger was quickly located and arrested for his "telling of tall tales" according to sources.
Twig did not go easily. Mrs. Twig attempted to intervene.
The incarcerated protested loudly and continually until...
Until refreshments were served.
Meanwhile, across the street, bad men were making plans to rob the Wells Fargo building.
As quickly as the plan was hatched it was executed, the robbers made their getaway.
One of the robbers dropped his gun in his haste to escape.
The alarm was sounded and almost immediately the Sheriff arrived. The robbers had retreated back to the Buckhorn where they attempted to blend in to the scenery.
The sheriff, his deputy and the Wells Fargo clerk approached the desperadoes.
It weren't us Sheriff.
Suddenly guns are drawn, and a glass is shot out of one of the bad guys hand. On lookers are in shock.
More shots, one bad guy is hit, more shock by onlookers.
As soon as it starts, it's over. One bad guy down, one under arrest.
The bad guy faces his accuser, warily, she still has her pistol.
Order is restored and Sierra City continues on it's way to it's 151st year.
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