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Coloma in El Dorado County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode

 
 
Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
1. Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker
Inscription. Following the California Gold Rush of ’49, swarms of Chinese miners came to make their mark on the diggings in the Mother Lode, including this Coloma Valley. They were industrious and self-contained and mostly content to thoroughly comb the old diggings. Thus they reclaimed much gold that would have been overlooked. Chinese merchants came to serve their needs, such as Wah Hop who ran the adjoining store.

This plaque dedicated to the memory of the diligent Chinese miners of the gold days.
 
Erected 1960 by James W. Marshall Chapter No.49, E Clampus Vitus on January 23, 1960.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 38° 48.087′ N, 120° 53.572′ W. Marker is in Coloma, California, in El Dorado County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 49. Touch for map. Marker is located between the two Chinese stores on the south side of State Highway 49. Marker is in this post office area: Coloma CA 95613, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James W. Marshall (here, next to this marker); Chinese Stores (here, next to this marker); Mormon Cabin (within
Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode Marker
shouting distance of this marker); Sutter Mill Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); Miner’s Cabin (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Coloma Road (about 300 feet away); Sutter Mill Timbers (about 300 feet away); James Wilson Marshall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coloma.
 
Regarding Chinese Miners of the Mother Lode. Also see: All other Coloma markers for additional information.
 
Also see . . .  Coloma Valley Gold Discovery: History of the Chinese in Coloma. (Submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
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Man Lee Chinese Store image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
3. Man Lee Chinese Store
This building now houses a small mining museum. The James W. Marshall marker is to the left.
Wah Hop Store and Bank image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
4. Wah Hop Store and Bank
Marker is on the right.
Wah Hop Store and Bank image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
5. Wah Hop Store and Bank
This building now houses a Chinese store museum displaying many Chinese products.
Chinese Stores image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
6. Chinese Stores
View from Sutter's Mill Replica parking area
The Old Chinese Bank, an Early Building of the Gold Rush Days image. Click for full size.
By Frashers Foto
7. The Old Chinese Bank, an Early Building of the Gold Rush Days
Coloma, Calif.
Recalls the most romantic and exciting Gold Rush Period the world has ever known. The new El Dorado, where James Marshall made his world-famous gold discovery on January 24, 1848, soon brought fabulous wealth to thousands, built great cities, and contributed largely towards the saving of the Union during the Civil War.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 2,118 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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