Chinese Massacre Cove

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Chinese Massacre Cove is an area along the Snake River in Wallowa County, Oregon, United States. It is located in the Wallowa–Whitman National Forest and the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, upriver from the Snake's confluence with the Imnaha River.[1]

During 1887 in Oregon's Hells Canyon on the Snake River, in what came to be known as the Snake River Massacre, a gang of four to six Euro-American men robbed, murdered, and mutilated between 10 and 34 Chinese workers, reportedly for their gold.[2] Three people were brought to trial but none were convicted.[3][4]

The five acre site was named Chinese Massacre Cove on October 12, 2005.[5]

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  1. ^ Nokes, R. Gregory. "A Most Daring Outrage": Murders at Chinese Massacre Cove, 1887 Oregon Historical Quarterly, Fall 2006. Vol. 107, no. 3. Retrieved 20 March 2007.
  2. ^ Next stop Qochyax Island, Associated Press, 12 October 2005. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  3. ^ "Lesson Fifteen: Industrialization, Class, and Race: Chinese and the Anti-Chinese Movement in the Late 19th-Century Northwest," History of Washington State & the Pacific Northwest, Center for Study of the Pacific Northwest, University of Washington. Retrieved 12 March 2007.
  4. ^ Nokes, R. Gregory. 2009. Massacred for Gold. Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University Press, pp. 179-181.
  5. ^ Committee meeting minutes - October 12, 2005, (PDF), U.S. Board on Geographic Names, Domestic Names Committee, U.S. Geological Survey, October 12, 2005. Retrieved 12 March 2007.

Coordinates: 45°46′48″N 116°39′18″W / 45.780°N 116.655°W / 45.780; -116.655