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Coulterville in Mariposa County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Sun Sun Wo Co.

Est. 1851

— Chinatown Grocery – Coulterville, CA. —

 
 
Sun Sun Wo Co. Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2011
1. Sun Sun Wo Co. Marker
Note the year of dedication based on the Chinese calendar.
Inscription.  One of the earlier Gold Rush buildings, and one of the last adobe structures left, this general store was established and operated by the Chinese from 1851 until 1926.

Named after it’s original owners Mow Da Sun and his son, Sun Kow, this store was a major business in the area eventually branching out to Red Cloud about ten miles north-east of here.

The original shelves and counters are still in the store, and there is evidence that part of the office was used as an opium den.

A dirt ceiling and the fireproof walls spared the building from the fires that razed this town.
 
Erected 1989 by Mantuca Chapter 1849, E Campus Vitus.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansIndustry & CommerceNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1851.
 
Location. 37° 42.874′ N, 120° 11.574′ W. Marker is in Coulterville, California
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, in Mariposa County. Marker is at the intersection of Chinatown Main Street and Kow Street, on the right when traveling east on Chinatown Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5076 Chinatown Main Street, Coulterville CA 95311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. I.O.O.F Lodge 104 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Mint (approx. 0.3 miles away); Historic Walls (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jeffery Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Coulterville (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Coulterville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Whistling Billy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Coulterville Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coulterville.
 
Sun Sun Wo Co. Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2011
2. Sun Sun Wo Co. Store
The marker is to the left of the door.
Sun Sun Wo Co. Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2011
3. Sun Sun Wo Co. Store
Sun Sun Wo Co. Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2011
4. Sun Sun Wo Co. Store
Vintage Coca-Cola Sign on Side of the Sun Sun Wo Co. Store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 17, 2011
5. Vintage Coca-Cola Sign on Side of the Sun Sun Wo Co. Store
Vintage Postcard image. Click for full size.
Distributed by Bob Ball, Visalia, Ca.
6. Vintage Postcard
Description on Postcard: Coulterville, California. Sun Sun Wo Merchandise Store. One of the first stores in historic Coulterville.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,651 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 22, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   6. submitted on September 12, 2008. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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