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Baker City in Baker County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Baker City Chinese History

 
 
Baker City Chinese History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 29, 2017
1. Baker City Chinese History Marker
Inscription. Chinese were prominent working on railroads & gold mines in Baker County. The Baker City Chinatown was located by Powder River on Auburn Avenue where a Joss House was built in 1883. Chinese gardens on the east bank of Powder River between Springarden & Valley Ave were extensive. Working hard & living frugally they saved money to send home to family. They were subjected to all kinds of discrimination by law and excluded from the ballot box and witness stand in court. Thus Chinese were forced to labor as laundrymen, cooks, shepherds, & gardeners. Burials here were from 1880 to 1940. Remains were temporarily buried, bones exhumed, purified, returned to families in China, mostly Kwangtung Province as religious dictates required.
 
Location. 44° 46.932′ N, 117° 48.474′ W. Marker is in Baker City, Oregon, in Baker County. Marker is on Windmill Road near Campbell Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baker City OR 97814, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chinese Shrine (within shouting distance of this marker); Baker (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Oregon Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); McCord House and Shop
Baker City Chinese History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 29, 2017
2. Baker City Chinese History Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Gwilliam Brothers Bakery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bishop Building (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Masonic Temple (approx. 1.1 miles away); Basche-Sage Hardware Co. Building (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baker City.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located at the Chinese Cemetery.
 
Also see . . .  Baker City Chinatown -- Oregon Encyclopedia. According to Sanborn fire insurance maps, there were over 50 structures in Chinatown by 1903, including 22 dwellings, 5 stores, 3 multi-story brothels, and 17 prostitute cribs, plus a brick temple housing a life-size Chinese idol on the second floor. For decades, several acres of land across Powder River from Chinatown were known as Chinese Gardens, cultivated by Chinese gardeners who sold their produce around town from baskets hung from a pole carried across their shoulders. (Submitted on September 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Asian AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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