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Mark Twain Bret Harte Trail
Chinese Camp

Reportedly founded about 1849 by group of Englishmen who employed
Chinese as miners. Much surface gold found on hills and flats.
Headquarters for stage lines in early 1850's, and for several
California Chinese mining companies. First Chinese tong war
in state fought near here between Sam Yap and Yan Woo tongs.
Present stone and brick post office build 1854, still standing.
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church built 1855, restored 1949.
First Pastor, Father Henry Aleric.

Historical Landmark No. 423

Tabled placed by California Centennials Commission.
Base provided by Tuolumne County Council No. 2165, Knights of Columbus
Dedicated June 19, 1949

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