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#815:  Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony

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Location:

Gold Trails Elementary School, 889 Cold Springs Rd, Gold Hill

38.771297,-120.889415

 

 

Plaque:

State Plaque

Notes:

None


From the Guidebook:

The agricultural settlement of pioneer Japanese immigrants who arrived at Gold Hill on June 8, 1869-the only tea and silk farm established in California-had a promising outlook but failed tragically in less than two years. This was the initial Japanese-influenced agricultural attempt in California.


From the plaque:

Site of the only tea and silk farm established in California. First agricultural settlement of pioneer Japanese immigrants who arrived at Gold Hill on June 8, 1869. Despite the initial success, it failed to prosper. It marked the beginning of Japanese influence on the agricultural economy of California.

Plaque placed by the State Department of Parks and Recreation In cooperation with the Japanese American Citizens League, El Dorado County Historical Society, And Friends of the Centennial Observance. June 7, 1969.



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