15. Ghosts of California’s Chinese Labor Force

Photo by Joseph B. Starkweather. Courtesy of the California History Room, California State Library.

In this episode, Matt explores the relationship between ghost stories and historic injustice as it relates to the experience of Chinese migrants to 19th century California. The episode involves a weird book in a Death Valley Cabin, bloody rainstorms, and a bunch of smart-aleck pre-teens, all trying to come to terms with history.

This episode was written by Matthew Armstrong with music by Matthew Armstrong and production assistance from Kaylia Metcalfe.

A transcript of this episode can be found here.

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Show Notes and Sources


Bloody Mary… the ghost story not the drink.


Fun information about Adobe bricks.

Episode 8 / Abalone Fisherman

William Glenn

Chinese Labor and the Railroads of the US


Camp Sylvester


The Mojave Project

Roadside America

National Park Service: Harmony Borax Works


Chinaman Gravesite on Foursquare

Reinstadt, Randall A. 1977.  Ghostly Tales and Mysterious Happenings of Old Monterey. Ghost Town Publications, Carmel, CA.

If you have a story about a ghost, some bit of folklore, or anyting else you want to share, please contact me.

Photo credit: Wood photo created by wirestock – www.freepik.com

Published by kayliametcalfe

Queer,loudmouth,skeptical-agnostic-pagan,book addict,coffee lover,wine drinker, SAHM,writer,editor,producer,podcaster. -She/her

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