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A Sojourner
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This studio portrait may be one of the earliest known photographs of a Chinese gentleman in Texas.

Photographed in Hillsboro, Texas about 1890, this prosperous looking gentleman may have been a laundryman, merchant or railroad worker.(Collection of Steven Martin, Bangkok; courtesy Asian American Comparative Collection, University of Idaho)



















Langtry Trestle
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West Texas railroad trestle still stands.

Local rancher/historian Jack Skiles inspects an "EssPee"(Southern Pacific) trestle on his property near Langtry, Texas. It was most likley built by Chinese stone masons as the railroad approached the nearby Pecos River.(Author)


Laredo Parade
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Annual event features early Chinese.

Laredo socialites of 1910 rode a “ricksha” in the city’s annual George Washington’s Birthday parade. The two men pulling the normally horsedrawn cab were probably former Cantonese railroad sojourners. (Author)


EXODUS
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Over 500 Chinese escaped Mexico's violent revolution in 1917.

Approaching the border with all their possessions and escorted by the U.S. Army, over five hundred Chinese drove mule teams and walked for a week in a cloud of dust to get away from Pancho Villa and the violence of the Mexican Revolution.(NARA)