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

Chinese Stores

 
 
Chinese Stores Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
1. Chinese Stores Marker
Inscription. These two stone buildings known as the Wah Hop and Man Lee Stores were built by Jonas Wilder before 1860and leased to Chinese merchants. Located at the edge of a large Chinese community, they sold traditional foods, clothing and other items. Such stores were also social centers and places for receiving news about other Chinese communities in the state. After a disastrous fire destroyed Colomaís Chinese quarter in 1883, most of the Chinese left town.
 
Erected by Marshall Gold Discovery Site.
 
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 between the two Chinese stores located on Highway 49 across from the Sutter's Mill Replica parking area. 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 Miners of the Mother Lode (here, next to this marker); Mormon Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutter Mill Replica (within shouting distance of this marker); Minerís Cabin
Chinese Stores Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 7, 2008
2. Chinese Stores Marker
(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.
 
More about this marker. 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
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
4. Wah Hop Store and Bank
Chinese Stores image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle
5. 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
6. 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.
Chinese Stores image. Click for more information.
By Roger Sturtevant, March 26, 1934
7. Chinese Stores
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress) HABS CAL,9-COLO,5-
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,814 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 8, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   7. submitted on May 18, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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