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Life Along the Grade: Archaeology of the Chinese Railroad Builders and Maintenance Crews in Utah

Author(s): Kenneth Cannon ; Chris Merritt

Year: 2016

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Summary

Between 1867 and 1904, hundreds of Chinese workers lived and labored along the railroad grade in deeply rural northwestern Utah. Small section houses served as the only reprieve from the toil of daily labore in the treeless and sun scorched landscapes of Box Elder County. Archaeological inventory spurred by a National Park Service Initiative is identifying sites previously unknown to scholars. These sites are shedding light on the life and experience of the 11-15 Chinese section crews in this remote part of Utah during the last forty years of the 19th century. Exclusion Act prejudice and labor succession altered the work crews along the grade by the early 20th century, but the archaeological legacy of these pioneers continue to exist. 


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Life Along the Grade: Archaeology of the Chinese Railroad Builders and Maintenance Crews in Utah. Kenneth Cannon, Chris Merritt. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434342)


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

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PaperId(s): 632

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America