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San Rafael in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

China Camp

 
 
China Camp Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
1. China Camp Marker
Caption: (top) At one time, there were many buildings here, including rustic homes, sheds, and stores. China Camp even had a doctor, a barber, and a school teacher.
Inscription. This spot was once the center of a thriving Chinese fishing village. Starting in the 1860s emigrants from the Kwantung province in China lived with their families and fished here. China Camp is the only surviving fishing village among many in the Bay Area. The villagers sailed in junks - long wooden boats of a Chinese design - to catch shrimp with handmade nets. The shrimp were brought to shore, cooked, dried on a platform or hillside nearby, and then shipped to Asia and other foreign markets. The village grew until the 1880s, when at least 28 structures stood here. Heavy pressure, put on the Chinese fishermen by competitors and state officials, caused the Chinese shrimping activities to decline. A few families continued, using more modern fishing methods. Occasional shrimp fishing still takes place at China Camp to this day.
 
Erected by California Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 38° 0.047′ N, 122° 27.693′ W. Marker is in San Rafael, California, in Marin County. Marker can be reached from North San Pedro Road near Biscayne Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1896 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael CA 94901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
China Camp and Marker (on right) image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
2. China Camp and Marker (on right)
within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Junk Grace Quan (within shouting distance of this marker); Wa Jen Ha Lio (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marin County Civic Center (approx. 3.8 miles away); Mission San Rafael Arcangel (approx. 4.1 miles away); Marin (approx. 4.1 miles away); The Gate House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Falkirk Community Cultural Center (approx. 4.2 miles away); William A. Richardson (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Rafael.
 
Also see . . .  China Camp State Park - Wikipedia. In the early 1970s, Gulf Oil expressed interest in large-scale development of the area, including high-rise condominiums and large commercial areas. Local residents and environmental and conservation groups protested the plan, and as a result, the land was sold for approximately $2.3 million in 1976 to the nonprofit California State Parks Foundation... (Submitted on April 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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China Camp image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
3. China Camp
The pier at China Camp image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
4. The pier at China Camp
Shrimp Dryer image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
5. Shrimp Dryer
This brick dryer was built to dry large quantities of ship, but they did not dry fully and became discolored, making them unsuitable for sale. Most shrimp were simply dried in the sun - most successfully in late summer and early fall.
China Camp image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
6. China Camp
China Camp Garden image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 27, 2017
7. China Camp Garden
China Camp was a self-sufficient community. In the late 1800s, it was only accessible by boat or on foot. Villagers, for the most part, kept to themselves. Many never ventured to the "outside world" of San Francisco. Fishermen and their families grew much of their own food in gardens like this one. they grew cucumbers, bok choy, eggplant, squash, and many other fruits and vegetables.
China Camp image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, circa 1900
8. China Camp
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 269 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 4, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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