Near Granite in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Ah Hee Diggings
A Job of Mythical Proportions
These Chinese Miners Must Have Felt Like Sysyphus Pushing a Large Rock Uphill Forever, as in Greek Mythology.
The backbreaking labor of stacking and re-stacking sixteen acres of rocks here at the Ah Hee Diggings on Granite Creek must have felt the same to Chinese miners! Men muscled rock piles back, forth, up, and down the valley to expose the streambed. Then they used gold pans, rockers or sluice boxes to extract the gold missed by earlier operations from the streambed sediments.
Some farmed, dug ditches, or opened businesses. Others turned to mining. No matter the job, many immigrants harbored the same dream... to send money home and rejoin their families one day.
Chinese miners could not file their own claims, but holders could lease or sell their worked-out claims to Chinese owned companies. Along Granite Creek at least ten Chinese companies held claims
Some men realized their dreams, returning to China with money in their pockets. Others died here, or went home no better off. A few embraced the future here, founding a Chinese American legacy and community that continues today
Erected by Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Location. 44° 49.713′ N, 118° 24.883′ W. Marker is near Granite, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is on Forest Road 73 2.2 miles north of County Road 24, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. About 2 1/4 miles north of the town of Granite. Marker is easily visible from the road. Marker is in this post office area: Sumpter OR 97877, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Granite, Oregon / Leaving Granite (approx. 1.4 miles away); Red Boy Mine (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Fremont Powerhouse Historic District (approx. 4.6 miles away).
Categories. • Asian Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Don Hann of Canyon City, Oregon. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.