Butte County California Chinese Immigrants

THE CHINESE COMMUNITIES OF OROVILLE:

A BRIEF SKETCH


BAGHDAD MINERS/MODOC CLAIMS



The geographical place name “Baghdad” was located two miles south of Oroville probably near the present location of Pacific Heights, T19N, R3E, Section 36 (Dunn 1977: ). According to Durham (1998:288-289) “Baghdad” was situated on a high bluff along the Feather River. A. G. Simpson discovered gold here but a mystery remains as to why he chose that name for the site. Some other gold claims south of Oroville, also on the east side of the river, and were given the unlikely name of “Modoc Claims”. This name and its specific geographical boundaries area remains a mystery. It is possible that it may have been named after a place name of the “moment”. In 1872-73 the Modoc War was in all the news headlines.