Colfax Area Historical Society, Inc. : Special Events

SESQUICENTENNIAL CHINESE CELEBRATION/FESTIVAL

The Sesquicentennial Chinese Celebration will take place on May 7-8, 1999. Join us for a celebration which will feature tours, film festivals, dedications, food and more! See below for more details and a schedule of events.

 

When What
Friday May 7, 1999 Tour open to public.
Join anywhere along the tour. Please Car pool.
10 a.m. Start Bloomer Cut in Railroad at Auburn. Travel to Colfax area. View Cape Horn and Steven's Trail.
Noon Lunch in Archives Room, Sierra Vista Center, Colfax. $5.00 by reservation. (see officers)
1 p.m. Tour continues to Dutch Flat (a town that never had a fire). View old buildings: Museum, Community Center, Methodist Church, Chinese Cemetery, rammed earth building, etc. Side trips to selected sites of Chinese History.
5 p.m. Conclusion
May 7 - 7:30 p.m. Sesquicentennial Banquet
Sierra Vista Community Center - School Street, Colfax

Open to the public by ticket reservation.
Dinner: Adult $9.00 Child $5.00 Family $25.00

Speakers
Madeline Hsu; "Contribution of Chinese in the 19th Century"
Sue Fawn Chung; "Railroad Construction Workers"
Bill Chew: "Location-Dedication Central Pacific Railroad"

Saturday May 8, 1999
9:30 a.m.
Film Festival
Colfax Theater - South Main Street

No charge - Public invited

Ken Yeo "Railroads of Placer County, then and now"
Shelly Davis King "Steven's Trail", "Nevada County Narrow Gauge"

May 8 - 11:00 a.m. Parade
Organizes in front of Theater on South Main Street.

B/W Stagecoach

 

Marching units, Auburn Parlor mudwagon, stage coach, wagon, classic vehicles, music, Chinese Historical Unit, Lyrical Locos, Clampers, etc.

Parade will progress to site of Dedication on Hwy 174.

Norman Wilson, founder of the State Railroad Museum will be the Grand Marshal of the parade.

May 8 - 11:45 a.m.

Dedication Ceremony for Historic Marker:
View of Cape Horn Promontory

North Fork American River Canyon

Dedicated to the memory of thousands of Chinese who worked for Charles Crocker on the Central Pacific Railroad. They were lowered over the face of Cape Horn Promontory in wicker bosun's chairs, 1332 feet above the canyon floor. The ledge created for this railbed was completed May 1866. They are hoored for their work ethic, and timely completion of the transcontinental rails ending in Promontory, Utah, May 1869.

Dedicated May 8, 1999
Colfax Area Historical Society, Inc.

May 8 - 2:00 p.m. City Hall
Charlie Barieau "Lincoln Highway"
Jay Shuttleworth " Iowa Hill"
May 8 - 2:45 p.m.      

Promontory Summit Sendoff

Colfax train depot

C.H.S.S.C. members

The Members of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California (C.H.S.S.C.) are going to Promontory for the 130th anniversary of the Driving of the Golden Spike on Monday, May 10th, 1999, at the Golden Spike National Historical Site.

Anyone interested in going out to Promontory with C.H.S.S.C. can call Helen Wayland at (530) 346-7040.

Send off will take place at the Colfax train depot for all going to Promontory Summit by Amtrak. The train depot is next to the Colfax Chamber of Commerce.

May 8 - All Day

CITY WIDE 'SPRING FLING' FESTIVAL

LIVING HISTORY/TENT CITY ... DOCENTS FROM EMPIRE MINE STATE HISTORICAL PARK
LUCKY PIERRE'S GAMBLING HALL
OLD-TIME TENT EMPORIUM
HISTORIC DISPLAYS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ... FREE RIDES FOR KIDS ON LLAMAS ... STAGECOACH RIDES FOR ALL! ... MUSIC ... FUN FOR ALL!