Plumas County Museum: Quincy

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The Chinese in Northern California

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The first significant Chinese immigration to the United States came in the 1850s, when refugees from the Taiping War and rural poverty heard of "the Golden Mountain" across the Pacific. They reached California, and few returned home, but the universally acknowledged hard work of those who stayed and survived founded a great deal more than the restaurants and laundries that formed the commercial core, they founded a new community. Chinese immigrants building the Central Pacific Railroad used their knowledge of explosives to excavate tunnels (and discourage Irish harassment)This book tells the story of the Chinese and their mining and work histories in Plumas County between the years 1571-1980. The Chinese played a big role in the early development of the area. (90 pages)

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