Tea carrier at tunnel, about 1867
Courtesy of Library of Congress
Bottle gourd canteen, about 1900
Chinese workers typically drank tea, which was safer than unboiled water.
The tea was carried to their worksites in old blasting powder kegs.
The railroad company provided meals to white workers. Chinese workers, however, had to secure their own provisions, which they bought primarily from San Francisco merchants.
Soy sauce jug, about 1900
Chopsticks, about 1900
Camp, near Humboldt Wells, Nevada, about 1869
Courtesy of Alfred A. Hart Photograph Collection, Stanford University
The railroad company provided dormitory train cars for white workers, while Chinese workers lived in tents.
Constitution Avenue, NW
Between 12th and 14th Streets