Chinese Camp

Chinese Camp California


Stock #: 417706
Type: Postcard
Era: Chrome
City: Chinese Camp
State: California (CA)
County: Tuolumne
Publisher: Royal Pictures-Cotton
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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No trace is left here of the 5,000 Chinese who mined here in the 1850's. It is not known where they came from or where they went. It was at the foot of Table Mountain that the first tong war was fought in California, on Sept. 26, 1856. Members of the Yan-Wo Tong and the Sam-Yap Tong were mining near one another when a large rock rolled from one property to the other. Words soon ensued and American blacksmiths were soon engaged in the production of crude weapons. When the battle became slow the whites urged it on. Since the combatants had never used weapons before, of the 2,000 engaged there were four killed and four wounded. Some said these were shot by whites who wanted the fight to liven up....M.P
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