Chinese on the Railroad and in the Valley
June 15 - September 3
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Museum will exhibit Chinese on the Railroad and in the San Ramon Valley in the museum's waiting room.
Over 12,000 Chinese were employed by Central Pacific to build the railroad from Sacramento over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Promontory Point, Utah where the train tracks joined the Union Pacific tracks being laid from Omaha, Nebraska. When this herculean effort was completed, this massive work force scattered to find other work. Some Chinese migrated into the Tri-Valley working as farm hands, laundry men, cooks and masons. The Museum will display rare photos and records of these men who came to California to find gold and discovered work opportunities in the Tri-Valley. The Chinese in the Valley exhibit will be from June 15 until September 3 in the waiting room at the museum.