Chinese immigrants faced discrimination from the moment they arrived on the West Coast.
In February 1885, the racial tension reached its peak in Humboldt County when Eureka City Councilman David Kendall was accidently shot during a conflict between two rival Chinese gangs. An angry Eureka mob initially demanded the lynching of many Chinese but eventually settled with the forced, permanent explusion of all of Humboldt County’s Chinese residents, including those in Eureka’s Chinatown, pictured above. [Source: Wikipedia, confirmed by Driven Out, The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, Jean Pfaelzer].
According to Pfaelzner, the Chinese were driven out of Humboldt County again in 1906, but I couldn’t find her explanation.
And then there is this photo, also in the County Collection
Any explanation/clarification would be appreciated…