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Grass Valley in Nevada County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Chinatown, Grass Valley

1850 – 1938

 
 
Chinatown, Grass Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2011
1. Chinatown, Grass Valley Marker
Inscription.  Of the many gold rush imigrants, the Chinese were noted for their honest, sober and industrious characteristics. Each mining camp had its Chinatown and Grass Valley was second only to San Francisco’s. Former residents Duck Egg, Georgie Bow, Ah Louie and the pioneer Yuen, Gon and Tinloy families are and integral part of Nevada County’s history.
 
Erected 1969 by E Clampus Vitus, Wm. Bull Meek – Wm. Morris Stewart, Chapter No. 10.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Asian Americans. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list.
 
Location. 39° 13.065′ N, 121° 3.604′ W. Marker is in Grass Valley, California, in Nevada County. Marker is at the intersection of Bank Street and Frontage Road on Bank Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199 Bank Street, Grass Valley CA 95945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbiad Cannon – 1850 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Post Office (about 500 feet away); Washington Brewery
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(about 700 feet away); Three Stamp Mill from the Red Ledge Mine (about 700 feet away); Loutzenheiser Pharmacy Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Williams Stationery Store (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grass Valley Hardware (approx. 0.2 miles away); Madison Lodge No. 23 F. & A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grass Valley.
 
Regarding Chinatown, Grass Valley. Most of the area that was once Grass Valley's Chinatown is now a parking lot. Second only to San Francisco's Chinatown, more than 1.000 Chinese lived here in the 1870's. You could find stores, gardens, opium and gambling parlors and "houses of joy."
 
Chinatown, Grass Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, July 25, 2011
2. Chinatown, Grass Valley Marker
"Duck Egg" Grass Valley, California image. Click for full size.
circa 1922
3. "Duck Egg" Grass Valley, California
This is a picture postcard with note on back dated May 5, 1922 that reads "Mr. W.G. Key, From Your Friend, Duck Egg.
Rear View of "Duck Egg" Postcard image. Click for full size.
circa 1922
4. Rear View of "Duck Egg" Postcard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,584 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   3, 4. submitted on November 6, 2011, by Cathy O'donnell of Galt, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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