Railroad Camps in the High Sierras

Author(s): John P. Molenda

Year: 2015


Railroad construction camps occupied by Chinese laborers have been investigated archaeologically since the 1960s. The upcoming 150 year anniversary of the construction of the first transcontinental railroad has spurred renewed interest in these sites. This paper will discuss what we have learned from previous studies of railroad work camps and how they inform current interpretations, with special emphasis on drawing connections between the archaeological record and theoretical frameworks for understanding the daily practices and lifeworlds of Overseas Chinese laborers.

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Railroad Camps in the High Sierras. John P. Molenda. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433893)


Temporal Keywords
19th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 279