Okanogan County


Chee Saw, Native american, farming
Country Surrounding Chesaw

Chesaw. Okanogan County.
Chesaw is a community located on Myers Creek. It derived its name from an early Chinese named Chee Saw. He was a placer gold miner who became a farmer along with his Native American wife. The community grew around their cabin, eventually taking his name as the community name. References: Chin and Chin 2013: 13; Hilderbrant 1977: 16; Hitchman 1985: 45; United States Geological Survey 1988.

Methow River Chinese Placer Miners. Okanogan County.
Chinese placer gold miners were on the Methrow River in 1862. Place names in the area suggest its riches: Golden Creek, Nugget Lakes, and Golden Horn. References: Hilderbrant 1977: 11; United States Geological Survey 1963.

Similkameen River Chinese Placer Miners. Okanogan County.
Chinese placer gold miners were working the Similkameen River as early as 1854. Reference: Hildebrand 1977: 11.

References
Chin, Art and Doug Chin. 2013. Chinese in Washington State. Seattle, Washington: OCA Greater Seattle.

Hildebrandt, Lorraine Barker. 1977. Straw Hats, Sandals, and Steel. Tacoma, Washington: The Washington State American Bicentennial Commission.

Hitchman, Robert. 1985. Place Names of Washington. Washington State: Washington State Historical Society.

United States Geological Survey. 1988. Chesaw WA. 7.5 Minute Series.

________. 1963. Mount Arriva WA. 7.5 Minute Series.