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Locke
On the Sacramento River, California

Lockeport was founded by Chinese merchants on land owned by George Locke - Chinese were not allowed to own land at the time. In 1915 a fire in nearby Walnut Grove resulted in a surge of population. Many of the residents of this rural Chinatown were originally brought in as contract laborers to build railroads and levees. Later they mostly worked in agriculture.

Locke in the early twentieth century was a lively place, with saloons, gambling houses, brothels and even opium dens catering to non-Chinese. It was designated a historic district in 1990.

Wikipedia: Locke, California

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Locke Chinese School and Boarding House

Locke Chinese School and Boarding House

The Chinese School in Locke was built in 1915, funded by the Kao Ming Tong. It was used to educate Chinese-American children in Chinese language and culture. A bust of Sun Yat Sen is to the right of the entrance, Confucious to the left.

Locke Historic District, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Al the Wop's Restaurant in Locke

Al the Wop's Restaurant in Locke

Al's Place is a saloon and restaurant on Main Street in Locke. Since 1934 it has been the only non-Asian owned business in Locke, proprietor Al Adami.

Locke Historic District, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Dai Loy Museum in Locke

Dai Loy Museum in Locke

The Dai Loy Museum, in a former gambling house, documents the history of gambling in the Chinese town of Locke.

Locke Historic District, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Levee Street in Locke

Levee Street in Locke

Short Levee Street forms a ramp down from River Road on the levee to Main Street on the flats below in the Chinese town of Locke.

Locke Historic District, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Catwalks along the levee in Locke

Catwalks along the levee in Locke

Buildings along one side of Main Street in Locke back on to the levee and their second stories are reached by catwalks from River Road. Across the street is the Boathouse Marina with covered boat storage.

Locke Historic District, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Back street in Locke

Back street in Locke

Key Street at the back of Locke has modest residential buildings, some with signs in Chnese characters.

Locke Historic District, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

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