Digging Up Jacksonville's Chinese Memories

Oct 4, 2013

When the precious metals in the streams around Jacksonville (Oregon) began to play out in the mid-19th century, many of the white miners abandoned the search for riches.

Eni Yan cooked for Jacksonville pioneer and community pillar C.C. Beekman
Credit Southern Oregon Historical Society 5868

And that just created opportunities for Chinese miners, their friends, and other workers. 

Jacksonville designated a part of town just for the Chinese residents, perhaps the first Chinese quarter in Oregon. 

Students and teachers from the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology will excavate the quarter, with a chance for the public to observe, on October 12th.