After the Railroad: An examination of Chinese in Sandpoint, Idaho
Like other western American railroad towns, Sandpoint, Idaho, saw an influx of thousands of Chinese workers during railroad construction in the twilight of the 1800s. Most workers moved on as construction of the railroad continued down the line. Examination of a Chinese laundry excavation provides an interesting snapshot of the lives those workers who stayed and made Sandpoint their home. This business was also a residence and the collection provides an opportunity to study both the private and public lives of these Chinese. The co-mingling of traditional Chinese artifacts with distinctly American artifacts coupled with newspaper articles from the time, pose questions about the cultural adaptation of the dwellers, community integration, and tolerance.
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
- Writing Inequality, Endurance, and Transnationalism: The Archaeology of Chinese and Japanese Immigrants and their Descendants in North America •
- Society for Historical Archaeology 2017
Cite this Record
After the Railroad: An examination of Chinese in Sandpoint, Idaho. Molly Swords, Mark Warner, Margaret Clark. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435703)
min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;