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6 Cameron House

Cameron House

Cameron House
Cameron House there is named after a lady called Donaldina Cameron. By some people, she used to be known as the Beloved Mother. And by other people, as the White Devil. This all dates back to the 1800s when tough immigration laws meant that the early Chinese settlers weren't able to bring their wives in. This resulted in a growing prostitution business and the illegal trafficking of young Chinese girls against their will into Chinatown. Donaldina Cameron decided to do something about this situation. And along with the San Francisco police she helped to rescue girls from the prostitution rings, and she would bring them here to the safety of Cameron House. It was estimated that over the years she saved something like 3,000 girls lives. And that's why these girls came to know her as the Beloved Mother, and the prostitution rings that she helped to destroy knew her as the White Devil. So if we take a look to the side of Cameron House here, we can see some of the bricks look a little bit misshapen and malformed. And actually, these bricks originally belong to another building or maybe several other buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake and fires that followed in 1906. So these misshapen survivors from the fire are actually called clinker bricks, and this baking process in the fire actually made them much stronger. So they were really perfect for helping to rebuild Chinatown or construct new buildings like Cameron House here.
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