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There were 25-30,000 Chinese who came to California to work on the Transcontinental Railroad between 1865 and 1870. They accounted for about 5% of the population.
In the 1850's Seth Lewelling, who went from Calif. to Oregon (his brother was one of the early Calif. immigrants included here) developed a new variety of cherry which he named "Bing" after a Chinese foreman at one of his vineyards in Oregon.
COOLIES, SAILORS AND SETTLERS, Voyage to the New World at PBS Ancestors in the Americas. The Chinese American Experience 1857-1892 at HarpWeeek THE CHINESE RAILROAD MEN at the CPRR Museum Page In the famous Last/Golden spike picture 2 of the 3 railroad workers where Chinese. Chronology of Asian American History Long family Winters fruit ranch started in 1860
last updated 5 July 2003