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On both sides of of Union Street, between E Street and G Street, there was a Chinese community of almost 2,000 people. They came to Nevada during the mining days and did much of the hard work that helped establish the State. This honors the Chinese pioneers who played a major role in Nevada’s early history.


Chinese Racism

1868 Central Pacific runs rail through Palisade. Chinese laborers settled along the stops after the last spike in 1869. After the Chinese Massacre of 1871 in Los Angeles, many more Chinese immigrants fled California. The Chinese massacre of 1871 was a racially motivated riot on October 24, 1871, when a mob of over 500 white men entered Los Angeles’ Chinatown to attack, rob and brutally murder Chinese residents of the city.[1] The riots took place on Calle de los Negros (Street of the Negroes), also referred to as “Nigger Alley”, which later became part of Los Angeles Street.

75,000,000 – 100,000,000 Chinese people died in the Taiping Rebellion that lasted for 14 years through the 1860s. Christian zealots tried to overthrow the Dynasty. Millions fled to California.

“Adjoining the telegraph office at Gold Hill (just outside of Virginia City) to the west was a bank, and next to that was Wells, Fargo & Co.’s express office, and on the other side of the telegraph office was a Chinese laundry, conducted by one Wing Fat, an Oriental, wide-awake and progressive. He dabbled in the stock market. Asked John Bell to paint him a sign, dictated what it should read: “Wing Fat, Washee and ironing done, Belly dam cheepee.”

Mary Gastor

In May 1862, the first public school on the Comstock was organized by Mary Gastor. School was held in a rented building until 1874 when a more permanent building was built by school authorities in Lower Gold Hill.