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Near Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old Crimea House

 
 
Old Crimea House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 1, 2012
1. Old Crimea House Marker
Inscription. Built in 1853 by James W. Kerrick. Having come over the emigrant trail, to Keystone District with nine covered wagons. This place originally housed a restaurant, bar rooms and stables. Located on the main road from San Joaquin and Bay Region into the Southern Mines sector and chief station for freight.
On Sept. 26, 1856 the Great Tongs War fought near by 2100 Chinese.
Burned down on Oct. 8, 1949.
The last historic landmark in Keystone District.
 
Erected 1990 by E Clampus Vitus, Matuca Chapter 1849.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 37° 49.958′ N, 120° 28.699′ W. Marker is near Chinese Camp, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on Red Hill Road just east of La Grange Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chinese Camp CA 95309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Green Springs (approx. 1.6 miles away); To Honor Eddie Webb (approx. 3.7 miles away); Chinese Camp (approx. 3.7 miles away); Jacksonville (approx. 5.4 miles away);
Old Crimea House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 1, 2012
2. Old Crimea House Marker
Don Pedro Lake (approx. 5.4 miles away); Montezuma (approx. 5.5 miles away); O'Bryne Ferry (approx. 6.9 miles away); a different marker also named Jacksonville (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chinese Camp.
 
Also see . . .
1. California State Highway 49: The Golden Chain. (Submitted on March 10, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.)
2. The Big Oak Flat Road (1955) by Irene D. Paden and Margaret E. Schlichtmann. This attributes Crimea House to a totally different person, and the other information is very interesting - (Submitted on March 10, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

3. James Kerrick. On this page is the only picture that I can find of the Old Crimea House. (Submitted on March 10, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 

4. The Battle of Chinese Camp. "One hundred and fifty two years have passed since the Battle of Chinese Camp occurred. This was one war that took longer to prepare for than it lasted. Historical reports are almost comical. The whole situation was egged on by the American miners of the area. The locals made a lot of money off the Chinese. But I rush ahead..." (Submitted on March 10, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The Tong War of 1856
Tensions between the Tuolumne County Sam Yap Company and the Calaveras
Across the Road image. Click for full size.
By James King, March 9, 2014
3. Across the Road
An old foundation (center) and an old stone corral (beyond and to the right).
County Yan Wo Company, both headquartered near Chinese Camp erupted in violence.
In the Columbia Gazette of October 1856 a comment directed toward the Yan Wo by the Sam Yap stated “There are a great many now existing in the world who ought to be exterminated.” An estimated 2500 men fought in the battle that followed. Most were armed in traditional fashion, carrying long pikes, butcher’s knives, and tridents. The Sam Yap Company had purchased 150 muskets and bayonets in San Francisco in preparation for the confrontation and after a hundred rounds or so The Yan Wo clan were forced to retreat.
Surprisingly there were only 4 fatalities were recorded.
Source: History of Tuolumne County-www.tonykrieg.com/History-of-Tuolumne-County-CA.html
    — Submitted March 7, 2012.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 1,243 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on March 8, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on March 10, 2014, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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