California State Historical Landmark #423
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This landmark is located at the northwest corner of State Highway 120 and Main Street, Chinese Camp, California in Tuolumne County. There are 18 other California State Historical Landmarks in Tuolumne. The GPS coordinates for this location are N 37° 52.258 W 120° 25.877.
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Reportedly founded about 1849 by a group of Englishmen who employed Chinese as miners, Chinese Camp was headquarters for stagelines in early 1850s and for several California Chinese mining companies. Much surface gold was found on hills and flats. The first Chinese tong war in the state was fought near here between the Sam Yap and Yan Woo Tongs. Stone and brick post office, built in 1854, is still in use. The St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, built in 1855, was restored in 1949, its first pastor was Father Henry Aleric.