Chinese Cemetery

Chinese Cemetery, Baker City

Chinese Cemetery
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Windmill Rd, Baker City, OR 97814
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Robert and Jan A
Lewiston, ID153 contributions
Mar 2011
The Chinese Cemetery in Baker, OR is located on Windmill Road. Take exit 304 off I-84. The reader board explain some of the history of the Chinese in Baker, a Pagoda (made im China), a marble stone naming the people known to have been buried in the cemetery.

Most of those buried here were exhumed and returned to China. There is one stone remaining and it is known that at least 3 others remain buried here.

Wonderful place to learn history of this area....also be sure to get a picture of the Windmill just across the road. I haven't been able to locate historical significane of this yet.
Written March 24, 2011
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megant603
Seattle, WA6 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
If you go, take time to read the signs. They explain the history of the Chinese workers who were once buried here, before the bodies were exhumed and taken back to China for burial. There are lists of the names. It is a "real" cemetary (which someone else here missed, saying it was just a memorial. It also is not a property owned by the State of Oregon that has not been maintained (as another person states here). It has been lovingly maintained and tended by volunteers as best they can - at times by students of Chinese heritage from Portland, by the Baker City Historical Society, by local service clubs and by other community groups. Come and read the signs and reflect.
Written March 15, 2017
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John D
Olympia, WA61 contributions
Sep 2014 • Friends
It is out of the way, but a must see to understand Baker Counties history. It is unfortunate that the State does not keep the site in a better state of repair out of respect for the remaining burials in the area. But, you step though time as you walk and read the information posted. You will leave with a better idea of life 100 years ago.
Written September 17, 2014
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Planemaker
Florence, OR36 contributions
May 2014 • Couples
A fairly rustic, yet interesting site. It's also free. It's outdoors on a rough plot of land. With rustic signs detailing the history behind the cemetery and the contributions of Chinese laborers to the area where they worked mines and dug many of the irrigation ditches throughout the valley.
Written August 13, 2014
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gardenerwild
Salt Lake City, UT7 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
While staying at the Super 8 Motel, I had a little time to kill while my husband finished packing up. So I wandered over to the east, where wedged between construction trailers and piles of dumped gravel I found this gem of history. Although it is a sad reminder of how our Chinese brothers and sisters were treated poorly by the predominately white townspeople between 1880 and 1940, it demonstrates the pride, resilience and rich spirituality of the Chinese people who labored in the mines and built roads in the Baker City area. You will find a beautiful pagoda and fascinating stone prayer house, and depressions among the sagebrush where the interred bones were later removed and returned for burial in China. There are several large wooden sign panels that tell of the history of the people and their culture. I would like to see the surrounding area better cared for (it appears industrial and neglected) but I really appreciated this fascinating view into the local history.
Written September 2, 2018
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Larry B
McMinnville, OR335 contributions
Feb 2015
The site is North of town and a bit hard to find. You need to take your time and be sure to have good footwear on. The site is not as well maintained as it would be with a bigger Chinese community presents where here in town. The history and tails this one site could tell if you just take the time to review and understand the contribution many Chinese communities contributed in the early development of Back City and many other western cities as the western states grew.
Written January 28, 2016
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simpleyme
Washington802 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
This is located right across the street from the super8 hotel(which I liked) It will only take a couple minutes to look at it but is worthwhile .There are a couple small structures and indents where the graves once were. Very cool.
Written June 15, 2015
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JoleneMH
Renton, WA538 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We had heard about the Chinese cemetery and decided to stop by. It is just off I-84 in Baker City. It was interesting to find out about the history!

This is a very small cemetery and a little overgrown in parts; however, there are paths you can walk on. They have recently added a new pagoda, which is really nice.

This is a quick, but worthwhile stop, if you are interested in American history.
Written May 30, 2015
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Rebecca H
Seattle, WA5 contributions
Dec 2012
Tucked away just off I-84 Exit 304, the Chinese Cemetery offers a window into an important piece of Western history. Chinese men worked the mines, railroads, laundries and restaurants of Eastern Oregon and faced discrimination and brutal working conditions. The cemetery has two reader boards, a pavilion, and a replica Prayer House. Most of the people buried here were exhumed and returned to China, though there are several unmarked graves remaining and one marked grave. Well worth a 30 minute sidetrip.
Written January 6, 2013
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Kathy G
Haines9 contributions
First visit, brought family from out of town. Quite interesting. Never knew what was in store for us at this site. Very lovely monument.
Written August 22, 2012
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