Interesting thoughts to ponder

Historical ~or~ Hysterical?

Historical ~or~

...were the only ethic group to have a Federal law against their hair style (1873-1879). They could be hanged or shot for having a queue (long braid). 1882 the Exclusion Act was passed, preventing Chinese to immigrate to the USA for 10 years. It was extended another 10 years in 1892.

...1870 Chinese could not be employed for government jobs.

...1870 Transporting goods on "yeo- ho" poles slung across the shoulders is prohibited.

Gongs may not be rung at theatrical performances. No plays may be performed except between midnight and daylight.

...1873 Laundry Ordinance: Laundries with animal- drawn carts must pay a $2 fee. (Ruled invalid by People v Soon Kung).

...Chinese were not allowed to become a United States Citizen until 1940.

...Chinese were not allowed to own property until after Citizenship.

Of the 13,000 Chinese American soldiers who served during WWII, almost half were not U.S. citizens, still barred by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

...All names of Chinese are fictional. Some  names of the other people were taken from actual people of history, more than 50 years ago, as allowed by copyright.

...All other names are some of my favorite
...but, all name changes of places are correct per history.

My "Chinatown" in Rathdrum, on the west edge of the current Sylte Ranch towards today's Dashco never existed. However in 1882-83, more than 2000 Chinese did camp in the Rathdrum area while building the railroad.
More Interesting Facts:

Railroad Tracks History:

  The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. Why use this gauge? Because of the way England built them, and English expatriates designed the US railroads.
  The people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools for building wagons, using this wheel spacing which created the road ruts. Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including  England ) for their legions. Roman war chariots formed the initial rutted roads, which others had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.
  Therefore, the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot, just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two warhorses.
  The Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, has two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. They are made by Thiokol at their factory in Utah. The SRBs designing engineers would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.
  The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains, and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds. 
  So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of two horse's asses. And, you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important? If ancient horse's asses control almost everything...maybe the current Horses Asses in Washington are controlling everything else.     
This Historical Fiction is sure to keep you turning the pages for more.
Filled with history events, places, and facts that may surprise you while it entertains. 

Help with Pronouncing
the Chinese Names:

Jie    =      Jay
Wong Pai  =     Wong Pie
Hong Haoli  =    Hong Hal-ly
Ming Yun     =    Ming Young
Ang Li    =     Ang Lee
Yue      =          You
Zhifer     =         Zef-fir
Lein-Hua      =      Lynn-waah
Mie       =          May
Sua      =          Sue
Zharg      =        Sargee
Chyo     =         Kioo
Jaoi         =        Jay-oe
Kai       =          Kie

A Note About Names in the Timeline of this Story:

Chinese last names are traditionally before their first name. This shows the clan one belongs. Sometimes eldest sons  are the only child given a name. Other siblings might be referred to as “son number two”, numbered according to birth order. Junior is not used and children are often named after family members. It is common that girls were only given numbers, and given a name when to be married.