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Near Yreka in Siskiyou County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Yreka Chinese Cemetery

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2013
1. Yreka Chinese Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  There are two plaques located at the kiosk next to the Yreka Chinese Cemetery.

The Yreka Chinese Cemetery was created by the Yreka city Board of Trustees in August 1877. The United States government issued a patent to the Central Pacific Railroad on April 12, 1898, for a parcel of land that contained the cemetery plot. There were fiftytwo (sic) individuals interred in this cemetery.

Below is a list of the individuals interred in the Yreka Chinese Cemetery. The information on the marker is displayed in two columns and includes the individuals name and burial date.

Choung, Lim – 1905 • Hey, Jim - 1905 • Lan, Wing - ?? • San, Chung Bing - 1905 • Fong, _____ - 1906 • Gee, _____ - 1906 • Jung, Wong Gay – 1906 • Joy, Ah - 1906 • Moh, Long Wat – 1906 • Sing, Hong – 1906 • Wat, Mah Long – 1906 • Wong, Pox Schong – 1906 • Wong, Wag Gouin – 1906 • Yuong, Joe – 1906 • Haym Gook – 1907 • Quon, Chin – 1907 • Tong, Yu – 1907 • Wong, Sing – 1907 • Hang, Yan Fong – 1908 • Ing, Lem Sow – 1908 • Luy, Qung Suey – 1908 • Sing, _____
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2013
2. The Chinese Legacy Marker
– 1908 • Wong, Chang Kee (infant) – 1908 • Jung, Lew – 1909 • Sing, Wong Kim Mrs. – 1909 • Wing, Chung Lung – 1909 • Wong, Charley See – 1909 • Gino, Mark – 1909 • Fong, _____ – 1910 • Fong, Wing – 1910 • Mon, Lee Foy – 1911 • Pong, How – 1911 • Wing, Wong Tung Tim – 1911 • Lee, Mann – 1911 • Long, Sam – 1912 • Let, Wang – 1913 • Ree, Wong Hwig – 1913 • Chew, Choy – 1914 • Sing, Yee Mrs. – 1914 • Sing, Yee Mrs. – 1914 (sic) • Wong, Gong – 1915 • Ling, Wong Pont – 1916 • Kwong, Tom Pon – 1916 • Hahahmann – 1916 • Fong, Wong – 1918 • Hock, Un – 1918 • Fong, Wing Mrs. – 1918 • Fong Wing – 1918 • Louie, Rose Katherine – 1918 • Pong, Fun – 1919 • Lee, Chong – 1921 • Fong, Wong – 1923 • Wong, Jack – 1926 • Lem, Wye – 1927 • Wong, Suey – 1921

The Chinese Legacy

Nearly all of the Chinese who searched of gold in Siskiyou County over 150 years ago came from the rich lowlands of Kwantung Province. Periods of flooding, crop failure, and civil unrest forced many young Chinese men to seek opportunities in the California gold fields.
In 1860, there were approximately 500 Chinese miners in Siskiyou County. By 1880, the Chinese mail population had risen to 1,568
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2013
3. Yreka Chinese Cemetery Marker
(the census counted only men!). Some of these individuals has wives and families with them. While many Chinese men continued mining, others became merchants (highly respected and profitable positions) or they ran laundry business, cooked, or became hired help. The Chinese also helped construct irrigation/mining ditches, roadways, and railroad lines. During the 1880s, to events occurred in Yreka which drastically affected the Chinese – a fire and a flood. In 1886, a fire “reburned the area from Miners Street to Lane Street and from Center Street to Yreka Creek.” Because of Chinatown’s tightly clustered wood buildings, the fire destroyed this section of town quickly. A “New Chinatown” was constructed across Yreka Creek to the east, but again during the winter of 1889-90, flood water destroyed the Chinese business district. After this disaster, many of the Chinese population either moved away or dispersed throughout Siskiyou County.
The Chinese in Siskiyou County were late arrivals, but these quiet, hard-working people made a great contribution to the general growth and development of this northern California county.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites.
 
Location. 41° 44.376′ N, 122° 
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By Barry Swackhamer, October 20, 2013
4. Yreka Chinese Cemetery
36.95′ W. Marker is near Yreka, California, in Siskiyou County. Marker is at the intersection of Montague Road (California Route 3) and Juniper Drive on Montague Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 517-Montague Road, Yreka CA 96097, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Yreka Western (approx. one mile away); Siskiyou County High School (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gas Works (approx. 1.1 miles away); Site of Yreka Inn / Site of Dr. Daniel Ream Ranch (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Greathouse/DeWitt Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Riddle Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); I.O.O.F. Building (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nicholas T. Delean Building (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yreka.
 
Yreka Chinese Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, October 21, 2013
5. Yreka Chinese Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 10, 2013, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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