Chinatown (HMXTR)

Location: Virginia City, NV 89440 Storey County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 18.648', W 119° 38.872'

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Generally bordered on the North and South by Sutton and Union and on the East and West by G and L St

— Comstock Historical Marker No. 5 —

The first Chinese came to the Comstock in the early 1860s after having worked on the Reese River Ditch project in Dayton, NV in the mid-1850s. Prejudice against them was prevalent at the time, due to their strange customs and traditions that was not understood by the rest of society. Consequently, they were denied rights that were taken for granted by the rest of the community. A provision in an early Virginia City mining document of 1859 stated: "No Chinaman shall hold a claim in this district." When they were found working on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in 1869, they were run off by local miners who then replaced them. Always industrious, the Chinese found work as gardeners, firewood haulers and household domestics. Several hundred were also employed in numerous laundries during Virginia city's [sic] "Bonanza'" years. The population of Virginia City reached its zenith in the mid-1870s, when over 20,000 people resided on the Comstock. The census of 1875 recorded 1,331 Chinese living in Storey County at that time, 90% of which were males. By 1900 many Chinese relocated to San Francisco. Today this is all that remains of Virginia City's Chinatown where its residents lived, prayed in Joss Houses and took recreation in opium dens.

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The area outlined in white is the general core area that comprised Chinatown. However, it expanded a little more to the North and the South. Chinese artifacts have been located within a four block area indicating there were Chinese residences or business in those areas as well. Chinese artifacts have also been located in several other parts of the community which would indicate that there were some Chinese dispersed throughout Virginia City. That may be the result of them working in other areas of town, or possibly having businesses located in those other areas.
Marker Number5
Year Placed2009
Placed ByMarshall Earth Resources, Hugh Roy Marshall, Virginia City, Nevada
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:52am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 271706 N 4354610
Decimal Degrees39.31080000, -119.64786667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 18.648', W 119° 38.872'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 18' 38.88" N, 119° 38' 52.32" W
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Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 415-423 F St, Virginia City NV 89440, US
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