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Fiddletown in Amador County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Chew Kee Store

 
 
Chew Kee Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 1, 2010
1. Chew Kee Store Marker
Inscription.
Rammed Earth "Adobe"
Built 1850
Home-Office-Store of
Dr. Yee, Chinese Herb Doctor

 
Erected 1968.
 
Location. 38° 30.28′ N, 120° 45.601′ W. Marker is in Fiddletown, California, in Amador County. Marker is on Fiddletown Road. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14274 Fiddletown Road, Fiddletown CA 95629, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fiddletown (within shouting distance of this marker); H. C. Farnham House 1855 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fiddletown-Oleta (about 800 feet away); D'Agostini Winery (approx. 2 miles away); Shenandoah School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Shenandoah Valley (approx. 3 miles away); City of Plymouth (approx. 5 miles away); The Arcade Bar (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fiddletown.
 
Regarding Chew Kee Store. The Chew Kee Store was built in 1850 using traditional Chinese rammed earth techniques. The building was first used by Yee Fan-Chung, a Chinese herb doctor who had come to the United States during the gold rush “to administer to the medical needs of the Chinese miners.” About 1880
Chew Kee Store, Marker to the Right image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 1, 2010
2. Chew Kee Store, Marker to the Right
a Chinese man named Chew Kee began working at the store for Dr. Yee. When Dr. Yee returned to China in 1900, Chew took over the store.
Chew returned to China in 1913 and the store was deeded to Fong Chow Yow. Fong, known in Fiddletown as Jimmy Chow, was born in Fiddletown in 1885 and educated there. When his parents returned to China, Fong was considered to sickly to make the trip and was left in the care of Dr. Yee and later Chew Kee.
Fong lived in the back of the old herb store until his death in 1965. He was the last Chinese resident of Fiddletown. Fong made few changes to the store while he lived in it as he did not consider the store as his property.
Sources: Archaeological & Historical Studies at the Chew Kee Store, Fiddletown by Julia G. Costello.
and
Mud Brick and Earth Building the Chinese Way by Ron Edwards and Lin Wei-Hao

The Chew Kee Store is open to the public on Saturdays, from noon to 4pm, April – October.
 
Also see . . .  Chew Kee. The Sierra Nevada Virtual Museum offers information on the store and Chew Kee, including vintage photos. (Submitted on May 17, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Asian AmericansNotable BuildingsScience & Medicine
 
Chew Kee Store Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 1, 2010
3. Chew Kee Store Entrance
Chinese Herb Drawers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2007
4. Chinese Herb Drawers
Chinese Store Shelves image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2007
5. Chinese Store Shelves
Bedroom - note old newspaper "wallpaper" image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2007
6. Bedroom - note old newspaper "wallpaper"
Office image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2007
7. Office
Kitchen image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 19, 2007
8. Kitchen
Chew Kee Store circa 1900 image. Click for full size.
circa 1900
9. Chew Kee Store circa 1900
Illustration of the Chinese Rammed-Earth Technique image. Click for full size.
10. Illustration of the Chinese Rammed-Earth Technique
From Mud Brick and Earth Building the Chinese Way, by Ron Edwards and Lin Wei-Hao (1984: Rams Skull Press, Kuranda, Qld., Australia) Out of Print.
Illustration of the Chinese Rammed-Earth Technique image. Click for full size.
11. Illustration of the Chinese Rammed-Earth Technique
From Mud Brick and Earth Building the Chinese Way, by Ron Edwards and Lin Wei-Hao (1984: Rams Skull Press, Kuranda, Qld., Australia) Out of Print.
Marker Honoring Herbert K. Yee for the Donation of the Land image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, April 15, 2011
12. Marker Honoring Herbert K. Yee for the Donation of the Land
 
 
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