Chinese Rail Pioneers Honored

By: AP
By: AP

Chinese laborers who helped to build the old Virginia & Truckee Railroad in 1869 were honored at a Nevada State Railroad Museum event that focused on a 40 (m) million-dollar revival of the V&T and a 50 (m) million-dollar museum complex to commemorate the workers.
Governor Guinn says the efforts of the laborers made it possible
to complete the Comstock Lode-era short line in less than a year.
But Guinn says the workers, including many who hoped to find
mountains made of gold in the West, instead faced --quote-- "a
mountain of barriers" in the form of discrimination.
The governor says the museum that will be linked to the train
station in Carson City will honor the Chinese workers who built the
old railroad.
Peng Keyu (pung kuh-YOO'), consul general of the Chinese
consulate in San Francisco, said he hopes the two projects will
help to bring China and the United States closer, and appreciated
the effort to recognize the Chinese who built railroads throughout
the West.


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