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Rocklinís 19th Century Chinatown


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HISTORY BRIEF

The Central Pacific completed major construction on the eastbound leg of the transcontinental railroad by 1869, and by 1876 a few of the railroadís 14,000 Chinese construction workers had settled in Rocklin. Some grew for-sale vegetables in the area southeast of town known as ďChina GardenĒ. Many worked at Rocklinís roundhouse. About 1,000 Chinese laborers lived and worked at the Whitney Ranch building water courses and stone fences.

Rocklinís Chinatown consisted of about 25 homes located immediately northwest of the roundhouse.

On Friday September 15, 1876 the Placer County sheriff investigated a homicide near Loomis and accused a Chinese cook, named Ah Sam, of murdering three people in a mining claim dispute. Many Rocklin citizens were enraged by the crime and on the following Monday they organized themselves to expel all Chinese people from town. The Rocklin areaís entire Chinese population soon fled. Rocklinís 1880, 1890 and 1900 censuses show not one Chinese person in Rocklin or at the Whitney Ranch.

For more Rocklin history call 624-2355 to join the Rocklin Historical Society.

  • Rocklin History Brief (Friday, September 22, 2006)
    The Rocklin areaís earliest recorded history begins when Euro-Americans first contacted the native Nisenan in the late 18th century.
  • Rocklin History Brief (Monday, October 09, 2006)
    In the early 20th century Rocklinís K through 8th grade school, Rocklinís only school, was sandwiched between a transcontinental railroad to the west and a transcontinental highway to the east.
  • Whitney Plaques- Rocklin History Brief (Sunday, November 12, 2006)
    At a lantern-lit pre-Halloween ceremony on October 30, The Rocklin Historical Society placed a granite plaque of identification at the Whitney family tomb near Rocklinís Monument Park.





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