In the 19th century, Carson
City had the largest concentration of Chinese in Nevada living in Chinatown,
in the southeast area of town. The main street of Chinatown was E.
Third Street, and Chinatown spread out around the Virginia & Truckee
Railroad tracks. The number of Chinese living in Carson City varied.
There were 769 Chinese in Carson City in 1870, and that number had climbed
to 988 by 1880. As the population of Carson City declined around
the turn of the century, the number of Chinese also decreased. In
1900 there were only 152 Chinese living in Ormsby County, the county where
Carson City was located.
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