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Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode

 
 
Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
1. Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker
Inscription.  Following the California Gold Rush of ’49, swarms of Chinese miners came to make their mark on the diggings in the Mother Lode, including this Coloma Valley. They were industrious and self-contained and mostly content to thoroughly comb the old diggings. Thus they reclaimed much gold that would have been overlooked. Chinese merchants came to serve their needs, such as Wah Hop who ran the adjoining store.

This plaque dedicated to the memory of the diligent Chinese miners of the gold days.
 
Erected 1960 by James W. Marshall Chapter No.49, E Clampus Vitus on January 23, 1960.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 38° 48.076′ N, 120° 53.554′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Marker is located between the two Chinese stores on the south side of State
Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker
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Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chinese Stores (here, next to this marker); James W. Marshall (a few steps from this marker); California Stamp Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Mormon Workers Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Nelson Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutter Mill Timbers (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Wintermantel's Miner's Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Arrastre (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
 
Regarding Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode. Also see: All other Coloma markers for additional information.
 
Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, January 21, 2023
3. Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker
Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
4. Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker
Man Lee Chinese Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
5. Man Lee Chinese Store
This building now houses a small mining museum. The James W. Marshall marker is to the left.
Wah Hop Store and Bank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
6. Wah Hop Store and Bank
Marker is on the right.
Wah Hop Store and Bank image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
7. Wah Hop Store and Bank
This building now houses a Chinese store museum displaying many Chinese products.
Chinese Stores image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
8. Chinese Stores
View from Sutter's Mill Replica parking area
The Old Chinese Bank, an Early Building of the Gold Rush Days image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Frashers Foto
9. The Old Chinese Bank, an Early Building of the Gold Rush Days
Coloma, Calif.
Recalls the most romantic and exciting Gold Rush Period the world has ever known. The new El Dorado, where James Marshall made his world-famous gold discovery on January 24, 1848, soon brought fabulous wealth to thousands, built great cities, and contributed largely towards the saving of the Union during the Civil War.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 22, 2023. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,361 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   2. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   3. submitted on January 22, 2023, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.   4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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Feb. 9, 2023