|Location||Southwest of Medford, OR near the Applegate River.|
|Length||0.80 Miles / 1.29 Km||Loop Trail?||No|
|Allowed Uses||Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
|Agency||USDA Forest Service|
|Entry Fee?||No||Parking Fee?||No|
This three-quarter-mile trail traces the remains of a late-nineteenth-century hydraulic gold mining operation in what was known as the Palmer Creek Diggings, now a part of the Rogue River National Forest.
A prominent Chinese mine boss by the name of Gin Lin purchased mining claims in this area in 1881. Gin Lin was one of thousands of Chinese sojourners who came to Oregon during the nineteenth century to seek their fortunes. He probably arrived in southern Oregon in the early 1860s, when his name first appears in the historical records.
Anti-Chinese sentiment was widespread on the Pacific Coast when Gin Lin came to Oregon. Chinese workers were singled out for special taxes. These included a mining tax in Jackson and Josephine counties, first levied in the 1850s, and a statewide annual poll tax, instituted in 1862. The original 1857 state constitution also stated that “no Negro, Chinaman or Mulatto shall have the right of suffrage.” Despite the state's institutionalized discrimination against them, Chinese men came by the thousands to work in Oregon's mines, salmon canneries, and agricultural fields.
Gin Lin recruited many of his fellow countrymen to work his mines, the first of which he purchased in 1864. He gradually acquired more land over the years and had his men build miles of ditches to serve the newly established mines. One of the largest is still known as China Ditch.
Gin Lin returned to China in 1894. A v (Continued...)
Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31
Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available
Follow signs from Interstate 5 in Medford to Historic Jacksonville to Ruch, OR, approximately 9 miles. At Ruch turn left on upper Applegate Rd and Follow for 8 miles to Palmer Creek rd turn right on Palmer Cr Rd and turn right after 1 mile.
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: Soil
Average Grade: 10%
Elevation Low Point: 1700
Elevation High Point: 1800
Year Designated: 1979
Date Last Updated: 12/28/2011
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