Saturday, February 09, 2008

"Looking for the Chinese influence in early Nevada"

"Looking for the Chinese influence in early Nevada" by Ruby McFarland, © Nevada Appeal, February 8, 2008. (News Article)

"... the 1860 census ... recorded 14 Chinese living in Virginia City – most all doing laundry for the miners. The 1870 census reflected 3,156 Chinese in Nevada ... Employment was limited for the most part to being laborers, laundry men, woodcutters, cooks and servants. ... The areas where the Chinese were concentrated in the 1870s were Virginia City and Carson City ... Truckee Meadows, Humbolt and Elko Counties, along the route of the transcontinental railroad. The Chinese also built a lot of the short rail lines throughout Nevada. By 1890 most of the Chinese had left Nevada, with only 1,276 still living in the state. China towns fell victim to fires, too often caused by arson. ... Dayton was the first China town in Nevada. ... " [More]

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