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“Important historic landmark”
Review of Chinese Camp

Chinese Camp
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Owner description: This mining center is where the predecessor to Wells-Fargo was located.
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

One of the things I love about driving around California is the presence of actual ghost towns. Driving on Highway 49, on the way to Yosemite, you'll find Chinese Camp. During the mining years of the 1850s, Chinese Camp was home to over 5,000 Chinese miners (as well as Americans and Europeans). The historical landmark is located at the beginning of Main Street and if you turn right and drive down Main Street, several of the historic buildings remain. There is still a town of about 150 people here. So if you enjoy learning more about California's history, I highly recommend it. It's small but interesting and worth a stop.

Thank TrippingTrudy
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Reviewed August 1, 2017

I have always wanted to take a road trip where we stop at every historical marker. Since we have extra time today we stop at the one in Chinese Camp. It is California Historical Marker No. 423 and is about the founding of Chinese Camp, the still-standing post office built in 1854, and the Tong Wars. We wander around the town which is mostly comprised of derelict old buildings. Worth a stop? Maybe.

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Reviewed July 6, 2017

We drove past the "commercial" part, which is actually a functioning convenience store, and an interesting looking bar, and went to the stone highway market (in the already posted pictures) describing the Mark Twain Brett Harte Trail. from that monument, if you turn right down Main Street, you will see a very few old building, deserted, No Trespassing, etc. There is a plaque on one of them from E Clampus Vitas (I love those guys) about the last stagecoach drive in California, Directly across the street on the other side of the highway, a few hundred feet in (before the road dead ends) is the old St Francis Xavier church, looks right out of a western, I was hoping Gary Cooper would walk out the front door. There is the requisite cemetery in the kirkyard, and a big steel cable holding the building proper from sliding away, it seems. If you like to look at old stuff and imagine what it was like when it was operating, this is a cool stop.

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Reviewed May 23, 2017

This town(?) is so insignificant that we almost drove past without seeing it.
Basically it is two shacks which appear abandoned. It's a shame as it was obviously an important part of the history of the mining in this area.

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Reviewed April 9, 2017

This review is for Red Hill loop trail on Red Hill Rd. outside of Chinese Camp.

Great area to hike or ride horses and see wildflower and the rolling hills of the area. There is a large area for parking off the road. Picnic areas and clean restrooms area available. There are areas for horse trailer parking. This area is Serpentine rock area that is being studied as well as the plant life. Stay on the trails to protect the area.

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