Sun Sun Wo Co. Store

This thick walled adobe building, still in surprisingly good shape, is the last remaining commercial building in what was once the largest "China Town" in the gold country. China Town is said to have had a population of over 5,000 Chinese miners and merchants. Currently this building is not open to the public. The building was constructed of adobe in 1851 and was in continuous use as a general store until about 1920. The store served a wide area, not just the local Chinatown.

Old documents show that extensive orders were placed by the surrounding ranchers and miners. Some ranches even had direct telephone lines to the store in later years. In the back of the store is a room now used as an office, but evidence exists indicting that part of this room was used as an opium den. It is one of the earliest Gold Rush buildings and one of the last adobe structures left. Foot thick walls keep the interior cool in summer, warm in winter. Be sure to drive around to the side of the building to get a glimpse of the adobe walls of the back building.

Just across the road is a small gaggle of geese and a few goats that like to say hello and beg for a hand-out.

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Latitude: 37.7145 Longitude: -120.19271 Elevation: 1732 ft
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About this Establishment

Currently only the outside is available to visit.

Time Period Represented

1850's

Hours Open

24 hrs to view (outside only)

Seasons Open

All year

ADA Accessibility Notes

Yes

Pet Friendly Notes

Nice spot to let your dog out for a stretch.

Comments

My family and I visited the Sun Sun Wo store this past summer (July 2014). Although the store was closed, we enjoyed a picnic lunch beside its adobe walls. It was nice to see that this important relic of Chinese history has largely survived the ravages of time. Attempts to locate the Ching grave site were unsuccessful.

Sandy Chang, 11/24/2014

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