Old Chinese Camp Town

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The Old Chinese Camp Town off of CA-120 in California represents the remnants of Chinese settlements during the California Gold Rush. Chinese immigrants arrived in large numbers during the mid-19th century and established camps along the route. These camps were vibrant communities with businesses, homes, and social institutions catering to the Chinese population. Despite facing discrimination and harsh working conditions, they maintained their culture and traditions through temples and clan associations. Today, only a few remnants of the Chinese Camp Towns exist, serving as historical markers of the Chinese immigrants' contributions during that era.