- Type of Place
- Metro Area
- Politics c. 1860?
- Unions, Organized Labor?
Sundown Town Status
- Confirmed Sundown Town?
- Was there an ordinance?
- Year of Greatest Interest
- Still Sundown?
Method of Exclusion
Main Ethnic Group(s)
In 1870, Chinese people made up between one-
quarter and on-third of Idaho’s total population. Anti-
Chinese attitude peaked in 1885 and 1886, often led
by the Knights of Labor, an early labor union.
Chinese immigrants first came to Idaho as railroad and
mine workers. Many of these workers settled
permanently in Idaho and took other jobs. In 1882,
the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed in Congress,
which allowed the federal government to severely
restrict Chinese immigration. The act was renewed in
1892 and again in 1902, and not repealed until 1943.
The 1943 immigration laws established a quota on
Chinese immigrants (105 a year), which was not lifted
until the 1965 Immigration Act.
In 1886, a large anti-Chinese convention was held in
Boise, and violent expulsion of Chinese people spread
through the state.