Weaverville in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Won Lim Miao
Erected 1980 by State Department of Parks and Recreation in cooperation with Trintarianus Chapter No. 62, E Clampus Vitus. (Marker Number 709.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Churches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, and the E Clampus Vitus series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1912.
Location. 40° 43.898′ N, 122° 56.417′ W. Marker is in Weaverville, California, in Trinity County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (California Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 630 Main Street, 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. Joss House (a few steps from this marker); Pacific Brewery (within shouting distance of this marker); Weaverville Chinatown (within shouting distance of this marker); Cameron Building Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Weaverville Fire Station (about 300 feet away); E Clampus Vitus 1855 & 1962 (about 400 feet away); Weaverville / Mountain Charlie (about 400 feet away); Trinity Congregational Church (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weaverville.
Regarding Won Lim Miao.
In January of 1848 there were only 54 Chinese men and one Chinese woman living in California. By the end of 1849 there were several thousand.1 The California Gold Rush attracted settlers from around the world and a considerable portion of them came from China. The Chinese immigrants populated frontier towns and mining camps throughout the territory. One of the largest Chinese settlements in California was located in Weaverville. The town was once home to approximately 2,000 Chinese immigrants.
The Joss House is the oldest continuously used Chinese Temple in California. Built in 1874 this
Daoism stands alongside Confucianism as one of the two great religious/philosophical systems of China. Traditionally traced to the mythical Laozi “Old Philosopher,” Philosophical Daoism owes more to “philosopher Zhuang” (Zhuangzi) (4th Century BCE). Daoism is an umbrella that covers a range of similarly motivated doctrines. The term “Daoism” is also associated with assorted naturalistic or mystical religions. Sometimes the term “Lao-Zhuang Philosophy” is used to distinguish the philosophical from the more religious “Huang-Lao” (Yellow Emperor-Laozi) strain of Daoist thought.
Also see . . .
1. Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park. Wikipedia entry/ (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Religious Daosim. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry (Submitted on September 8, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
3. Moon Lim Lee - Find a Grave. Moon Lee was a prominent Weaverville resident and the last remaining descendant of the Chinese miners that came to Trinity County during the Gold Rush. (Submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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