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Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Chinese Camp

 

— Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail —

 
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By Karen Key, March 25, 2007
1. Chinese Camp Marker
Inscription.  Reportedly founded about 1849 by group of Englishmen who employed Chinese as miners. Much surface gold found on hills and flats. Headquarters for stage lines in early 1850’s, and for several California Chinese mining companies. First Chinese tong war in state fought near here between Sam Yap and Yan Woo tongs. Present stone and brick post office built 1854, still standing. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church build 1855, restored 1949. First pastor, Father Henry Aleric.

Historical Landmark No. 423
Tablet placed by California Centennials Commission.
Base provided by Tuolumne County Council No. 2165, Knights of Columbus
Dedicated June 19, 1949.
 
Erected 1949 by California Centennials Commission. (Marker Number 423.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable BuildingsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks, the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, and the Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail series lists.
 
Location.
Chinese Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, March 25, 2007
2. Chinese Camp Marker
37° 52.257′ N, 120° 25.88′ W. Marker is in Chinese Camp, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is at the intersection of Highway 120 and Main Street, on the left when traveling west on Highway 120. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chinese Camp CA 95309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. To Honor Eddie Webb (within shouting distance of this marker); Montezuma (approx. 2.9 miles away); Jacksonville (approx. 3.3 miles away); Don Pedro Lake (approx. 3.3 miles away); Old Crimea House (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinese Camp.
 
Also see . . .
1. Chinese Camp, California. (Submitted on March 31, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
2. Prospecting - Chinese Placer Mining. (Submitted on March 31, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
 
Chinese Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Karen Key, March 25, 2007
3. Chinese Camp Marker
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church Sign image. Click for full size.
By Jack Forkner
4. Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church Sign
Photo courtesy of Forkner Photograpy
www.caltel.com/~jforkner/
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Jack Forkner
5. Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Photo courtesy of Forkner Photography
www.caltel.com/~jforkner/
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 3,040 times since then and 72 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 31, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.   4, 5. submitted on June 20, 2012. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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