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Moore Gulch Chinese Mining Site is the answer for Week 490 of Orofino History Trivia a special feature to celebrate the history and heritage of Clearwater Country.

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Monday: Pierce vicinity

Tuesday: Huckleberry, cedar, white pine, Douglas fir, and grand fir

Wednesday: A complete complex

Thursday: Cultural resource

Friday: Burned in 1870s and 1880s

Saturday: Archeologists

Monday: Occupied from 1870-1900

Tuesday: Near Forest Service Work Center

Wednesday: They lived and worked there.

Friday: Seeking gold

Saturday: Property federally and privately owned

Moore Gulch Chinese Mining Site is listed on the National Register of Historic places, but is not well known otherwise.

It was occupied from about 1870-1900 by Chinese miners. The 73-acre site is located on Moore Gulch near Canal Gulch very near the area that is now the Forest Service Work Center in Pierce.

According to records, the area was cut and burned for the mining operations during the 1870s and 1880s. Now the parcel is densely covered with huckleberry, cedar, white pine, Douglas fir and grand fir. Local animals include rabbits, deer and elk.

A number archeologists have explored the site. It is significant because it represents a complete mining complex containing living quarters, a trash dump, mine tailings, ditches and the like relative to a Chinese mining community of that period. The archeologists were working to learn about Chinese mining methods, consumption of American-made goods, their assimilation into the American economy and their reliance upon the China trade for goods desire but not available on the American market.

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