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  1. I love that you went looking for this historical treasure. These photos are wonderful! They also set my mind racing with images of fictional stories that could’ve been, might’ve been. Were there Chinese cowboys? Riding on horses? I wonder…Fascinating…thank you for sharing! I will look for Water Ghosts at my library. You have definitely sparked my imagination :)

  2. Christina– It’s incredible that this place is less than an hour away from downtown Sacramento, yet it’s like being in a different place and time.

    Jen– We can only imagine what life was like! Let me know if you read the book.

    Bicultural Mama– Even though my family immigrated to America much more recently than the residents of this town, the history is something we shouldn’t forget.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. I’ll be asking my partner if he will end making a cycling bike trip into this area to take some photos for me. Yea, he has plans to solo cycle from Canada. (He has done this before… )

    If you /anyone travels into Canada, we have some Chinese-Canadian history and Japanese-Canadian history in obvious big cities like Vancouver & Toronto. But also buried in the interior mountain areas of British Columbia in the towns of: Yale, Denver, etc.

    Here is a blog post with photos of permanent outdoor art across Canada that memorialize the effort and sacrifice of the Chinese railway workers…and Canadian war veterans (we got to vote after the WWII. How was the U.S. in this area?)

    http://cyclewriteblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/04/outdoor-art-work-as-a-thread-of-national-history-across-canada-monuments-to-chinese-canadian-railway-workers/ I’ve lived in all 3 featured cities, so I have the benefit of writing about this art from several different angles.

    • Great to know there are tributes to Chinese railway workers in Canada. I find it so sad that the contributions of early Asian immigrants –and the injustices against them– are largely forgotten. I’m going to check out your post!


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