Borden's Chinese Cemetery

Photo added by Lester Letson

Borden's Chinese Cemetery

intersection of Avenue 12 and Road 28 1/4 in Madera County
Borden, Madera County, California, USA
Memorials 35 added (3% photographed)

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The Central Pacific Railroad, later Southern Pacific hired 2,500 Chinese men to build the town of Arcola in the "Alabama Colony". Railroad Baron Leland Stanford named the Chinese camp "Borden" for Dr. Joseph Borden, one of the Alabama settlers.

Mortality among the Chinese was high and this one acre cemetery was soon filled with 200 of the Chinese workers. Many originally buried here were removed to the homeland of their ancestors, but many still remain on this plot of land. The symbolic headstones seen in the picture were placed there many years later after most of the wooden markers had fallen. The cemetery is marked by a large granite stone maker placed by E Clampus Vitus recognizing it as an historic location and part of Madera County history.


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GPS Coordinates: 36.92388, -120.03316

  • Added: 14 Jun 2009
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2309831