Weaverville in Trinity County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Chinese Tong War
Erected by Mt. Bally Parlor No. 87 N.S.G.W,/Eltaphone Parlor No. 55 N.D.G.W.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
Location. 40° 44.037′ N, 122° 56.102′ W. Marker is in Weaverville, California, in Trinity County. Marker is on Trinity Lake Boulevard (California Route 3), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. This marker is next to the road, east of Weaverville Elementary School. Marker is in this post office area: Weaverville CA 96093, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Courthouse (approx. ¼ mile away); Anvil Firing (approx. ¼ mile away); Spanish Corral (approx. 0.3 miles away); E Clampus Vitus 1855 & 1962 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Weaverville Fire Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); Weaverville Chinatown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Cameron Building Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); New York Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weaverville.
More about this marker.
The “Court of the Temple” was unable to reconcile two factions in 1854. Each faction ordered John Carr, the local blacksmith, to make several hundred Chinese spears. They drilled and paraded with traditional weapons and regalia for a week prior to the date of battle. The residents of Weaverville and the surrounding areas placed bets on which faction would win.
On the appointed day, spectators and participants alike gathered at Five Cent Gulch east of town for the fight. After ten minutes of battle, it was over. A few men had been killed and both sides claimed victory.
After burying the dead with elaborate funerals, the factions dropped their hostilities and met for a peace banquet.
Also see . . . The 1854 Tong War, California - Feral Jundi. Basically this was a classic Chinese battle between two mining companies/gangs in Northern California during the Gold Rush. And boy what a battle? Ironically, only four combatants died in the battle that had 2,500 participants! (the monument says 2000 participated and 26 were killed?) (Submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
Categories. • Asian Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 790 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 6, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.