“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Weaverville in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Chinese Tong War

Chinese Tong War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
1. Chinese Tong War Marker
Inscription.  In the year 1854 on this site two belligerent Chinese Tongs fought a pitched battle, 2000 participated, 26 lost their lives, and many were wounded.
Erected by Mt. Bally Parlor No. 87 N.S.G.W,/Eltaphone Parlor No. 55 N.D.G.W.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Asian Americans. In addition, it is included in the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1854.
Location. 40° 44.037′ N, 122° 56.102′ W. Marker is in Weaverville, California, in Trinity County. Marker is on Trinity Lake Boulevard (California Route 3), on the right when traveling east. This marker is next to the road, east of Weaverville Elementary School. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Weaverville CA 96093, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Anvil Firing (approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish Corral (approx. 0.3 miles away); E Clampus Vitus 1855 & 1962 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Weaverville Fire Station
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 2, 2012
2. Chinese Tong War Marker
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); Weaverville Chinatown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cameron Building Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); New York Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weaverville.
More about this marker. When conflicts among the Chinese arose, the building adjacent to the temple (Joss House) was used as a court room...
The “Court of the Temple” was unable to reconcile two factions in 1854. Each faction ordered John Carr, the local blacksmith, to make several hundred Chinese spears. They drilled and paraded with traditional weapons and regalia for a week prior to the date of battle. The residents of Weaverville and the surrounding areas placed bets on which faction would win.
On the appointed day, spectators and participants alike gathered at Five Cent Gulch east of town for the fight. After ten minutes of battle, it was over. A few men had been killed and both sides claimed victory.
After burying the dead with elaborate funerals, the factions dropped their hostilities and met for a peace banquet.
Also see . . .  The 1854 Tong War, California - Feral Jundi. Basically this was a classic Chinese battle between two mining companies/gangs in Northern California during the Gold Rush. And boy what a battle? Ironically, only four combatants died in the battle that had 2,500 participants! (the monument says 2000 participated and 26 were killed?) (Submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
Weaverville Joss House Museum image. Click for full size.
3. Weaverville Joss House Museum
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,151 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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