R. Gregory Nokes
Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon
September 14, 2019 Comments.. 323
Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon R. Gregory Nokes In 1887, than thirty Chinese gold miners were massacred on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America Massacred for Gold, the first authoritative account of the unsolved crime, unearths the evidence that points to an improbable gang of rustlers and schoolboys, one only fifteen, as the killers The crime was discovered weeks after it happeneIn 1887, than thirty Chinese gold miners were massacred on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in North America Massacred for Gold, the first authoritative account of the unsolved crime, unearths the evidence that points to an improbable gang of rustlers and schoolboys, one only fifteen, as the killers The crime was discovered weeks after it happened, but no charges were brought for nearly a year, when gang member Frank Vaughan, son of a well known settler family, confessed and turned stateas evidence Six men and boys, all from northeastern Oregonas remote Wallowa county, were chargedabut three fled, and the others were found innocent by a jury that a witness admitted had little interest in convicting anyone A cover up followed, and the crime was all but forgotten for the next one hundred years, until a county clerk in Wallowa County found hidden records in an unused safe Massacred for Gold traces the authoras long personal journey to expose details of the massacre and its aftermath and to understand how one of the worst of the many crimes committed by whites against Chinese laborers in the American West was for so long lost to history.. Massacred for Gold The Chinese in Hells Canyon In than thirty Chinese gold miners were massacred on the Oregon side of Hells Canyon the deepest canyon in North America Massacred for Gold the first authoritative account of the unsolved crim
  • Title: Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon
  • Author: R. Gregory Nokes
  • ISBN: 9780870715709
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Lisa says:

      One of my professors once said that most articles should never be written and most books should be articles That s pretty much my conclusion in this book The author and his editor worked hard to stretch this story into a book, but really, it would have made a fantastic article Then again, maybe I think that because he wrote a lot about his process of investigation and the search for the little bits of information he did find That part wasn t as interesting to me because I already know how to do [...]

    2. Rami says:

      Most people from Wallowa County are aware that there exists a mentality by Western Oregonians that is less than favorable toward the place It is a mentality that causes people to wax poetic about the physical beauty of the county while treating the people that live there as detractions at best and ignorant rednecks at worst The author exhibits this mentality From statements about the Elgin Opera House, which isn t even yet in Wallowa County, as being little used to statements about Lostine not h [...]

    3. Rebecca says:

      I agree with another reviewer journalistic writing hunches about cover ups, very scooby doo , the section on the personal journey was a little weird, but the subject is fascinating and I enjoyed travelling along with Nokes as he figures out what happened on Deep Line Creek in May 1887.

    4. Chelfea says:

      Okay, wow Talk about dogged, meticulous research This work by Gregory Nokes traces the story of the deaths of the Chinese miners, 31 34 men killed by white settlers horse thieves, their bodies thrown into the Snake River, their gold stolen and hidden away One by one the miners bodies washed up, but it took 120 years and Nokes research to find out as much as is humanly possible about what happened, and its aftermath.There s little question as to who killed the miners some quibbling over who actua [...]

    5. Deon Stonehouse says:

      Massacred for Gold The Pacific Northwest is the site of the worst massacre of Chinese in US history Right here in Hell s Canyon by a bend in the Snake River up to 34 Chinese miners were murdered Worse yet, some of the killers were mere school boys, teenagers lured toward easy money and a quick kill by a nefarious horse thieving rancher Prejudice and hate are sorrowful emotions Massacred for Gold brings to light the contribution of Chinese workers They were integral to the building of our railroa [...]

    6. Sep says:

      Mr Nokes has done an interesting job of describing three things the group of Chinese miners murdered in what is now Hell s Canyon, the gang of white men who probably killed them, and the difficulty in obtaining information about either the investigation into the murders or trial of the suspects I had no idea that the Chinese government and the Chinese living in America at the time were so assertive at their protests to such violence Letters were exchanged between the consulate and the U.S govern [...]

    7. itpdx says:

      This is a story that needed to be researched and written Up to 34 Chinese miners were murdered in Hell s Canyon Oregon in 1887 Three local men, who were probably involved were tried and found not guilty Three others fled and were never searched for A complete investigation was never done At this point we only know the names of eleven of the victims Nokes has done a fairly good job of writing an engaging book It wavered between a book about the author s research into the massacre and what is know [...]

    8. Rebecca says:

      You ever get the feeling you re one of only five people who ve read a particular book, and that s just because of your own peculiar interests Massacred for Gold is just one of those books If you re interested in learning about the Deep Creek Massacre, I d recommend reading this non fiction account of the crime together with the heavily fictionalized Deep Creek by Dana Hand One book has a lot of factual errors but was a great historical thriller the other has far too many facts I m sorry it was a [...]

    9. Paula says:

      I ordered this book because I grew up in the neighboring county from where this massacre took place and my ancestors were some of the first white settlers in lower Wallowa County, yet I had never heard of this terrible massacre The story of what happened here is awful yet it seems there is very little actual facts known The book itself is written fairly well, yet full of speculation by the author I think , He might have , It s possible are all common phrases used many times throughout the book W [...]

    10. Lindsey says:

      It s great to read about the local history of a place in which one lives and will probably stay for a while , so I was intrigued by this book than people without the connection might be Nokes doesn t do that good of a job in making this a case study of America s treatment of Chinese immigrants in the 1800s to pull in too many non Oregonians, I think On a side note the dude appears to be a pretty faulty hiker his description of his short though strenuous hike into Hell s Canyon in August being m [...]

    11. Stephany says:

      I tore through this book in two days while on vacation, it was that engaging Nokes does a great job balancing his historical fact finding mission and telling readers how he knows what he knows or doesn t with fantastic pacing and clear, concise writing I think the book was the perfect length for a historical nonfiction book with the assortment of primary sources Nokes employed Highly recommended.

    12. Sarah says:

      Kudos to the author for taking on a nearly unknown story, investigating it thoroughly, and bringing it to light the atrocity committed against these Chinese miners in eastern Oregon is astounding But the overall lack of caring about the murders exhibited by whites at the time is also appalling It was interesting to learn about this forgotten piece of history, and also to read about the author s quest to find the true story.

    13. Pamela says:

      This is definitely a history book not my favorite However, there are an interesting number of parallels to the current immigration issues This is a bit old wild west in the solution, but the issues are similar Also was interesting to read about the discovery process needed to prepare this story Researchers would like this book It was about Oregon, our summer home, so that was added impetus to finish the story.

    14. Joel says:

      summarizes what s known about the massacre, which isn t much due to locals preference for ignoring and covering up what happened because of racist attitudes brings new light to situation of Chinese in U.S in 19th century Having spent time in Wallowa County I could visualize a lot of the places described A place of incredible beauty with a sad anti Chinese and anti Indian history only now getting much attention.

    15. Steven Howes says:

      This book documents the murder of 34 Chinese miners in Hells Canyon in 1887 and the events that led up to it and the over century long cover up that followed This book probably isn t for everyone but it documents a true story that occurred in an area that I worked in during my career I am familiar with many of the locations and some of the people mentioned in the book.

    16. Lori says:

      Interesting book I never knew about the Chinese massacres and I spent my summers in eastern Orgon growing up It is too bad that no one has the real accounts of the massacre, there is different versions of how the massacre went down and how many Chinese were killed, but I think the author did a great job telling the different accounts and making his own theories on how it all happened.

    17. Claire says:

      A story important to be told and known.Not a history, but a record of a search for history Sometimes the descriptions got in the way for me Otherwise I appreciated the record of the struggle to find information, to synchronize conflicting reports, and to get people to care.

    18. Atty says:

      More journalism than anything, this story about the writer s research into a long forgotten massacre almost focuses on his work than the actual story Both aspects are very interesting, however I found this book as part of my interest in the Chinese in Oregon.

    19. Marty Nicholas says:

      Well written, a real detective story A must read for anyone who is interested in Eastern Oregon or History of the West A great tragedy that deserves to be remembered Gregory Nokes has performed a true service in writing this story.

    20. Judy says:

      Excellent investigative account of a massacre of 34 Chinese miners 120 years ago in Hell s Canyon The perpetrators were never held accountable and the court records were hidden away until recently Well done.

    21. Robin says:

      New nonfiction account of a little known incident in Oregon history Author is from West Linn.

    22. Theresa Sivelle says:

      Quick read with some interesting information about a small town in Oregon, back in the day Enjoyed it, even with the typo s here and there.

    23. Cathy says:

      a text book approach to a historical incident in oregon poorly written but appreciated that these kinds of incidents have been brought to light.

    24. Rock Angel says:

      These words were etched on a piece of Snake River granite in June 2012 Chinese Massacre Cove Site of the 1887 massacre of as many as 34 Chinese gold miners No one was held accountable.

    25. Richard says:

      This is a great bit of history on Wallowa County and NE Oregon Could have been a bit less repetitive, but did cover all the aspects of what it was like to live in the area during that time period.

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