Lecture – Chinese Gold Mining in the Snake River Canyon
Lecture Series Twenty Thirteen is a presentation of the College of Southern Idaho North Side Center and sponsored by Zions Bank.
‘Ruins of a World: Chinese Gold Mining in the Snake River Canyon’ by Ronald James is the last in the series of three lectures. This FREE lecture will be held at the College of Southern Idaho North Side Center, 202 14th Avenue East in Gooding, 7-8:30 pm, Tuesday, April 9. It is sponsored by Zions Bank.
This lecture focuses on the 1870s Chinese gold mining sites in the Snake River Canyon and the role they played in the modern development of southern Idaho.
Ronald James teaches English and Advanced Placement Literature and Composition at Canyon Ridge High School and is an adjunct Cultural Anthropology instructor at the College of Southern Idaho. He received his M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Idaho in 1993. James has done extensive archaeological and ethnographic research on the Chinese and Japanese contributions to southern Idaho history. His thesis, ‘Ruins of a World: Chinese Gold Mining in the Snake River Canyon’ was published in 1993. Other publications include ‘Secrets of the Magic Valley and Hagerman’s Remarkable Horse’ (2002) in which James contributed chapters on the Native American, the Astorians and mining. James is also a member of the Twin Falls County Historic Preservation Commission.