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Walnut Grove
On the Sacramento River, California

Walnut Grove was named for its native walnut trees. It was one of the first ports along the Sacramento River, dating from 1850.

This town was noted for its large Asian population, with strictly segregated Chinese and Japanese neighborhoods on the east bank, while whites lived on the west bank. Many Chinese moved to Locke after fires in 1915 and the 1930's, the Japanese were forcibly relocated during the second world war.

The tall broadcast towers on the edge of town are unusual for California, where nearby peaks are usually used. In the 1960's a 1548 foot tower was built, joined by three that are around 2000 feet.

Wikipedia: Walnut Grove, California

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Walnut Grove Bridge over the Sacramento River

Walnut Grove Bridge over the Sacramento River

The 1950 double-bascule bridge at Walnut Grove tips up on either side of the channel to let ships pass. Downtown Walnut Grove is on one side of the Sacramento River but most of the population lives on the other side.

Walnut Grove, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Walnut Grove's main street below levee level

Walnut Grove's main street below levee level

Downtown Walnut Grove is below the level of River Road running along the top of the levee.

Walnut Grove, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

Historic Japantown in Walnut Grove

Historic Japantown in Walnut Grove

Walnut Grove has both Chinatown and Japantown Historic Districts. The main Chinatown burnt down and led to the creation of all-Chinese Locke nearby.

Walnut Grove, California

Date photographed: July 7, 2016

The Delta Cross Channel at Walnut Grove

The Delta Cross Channel at Walnut Grove

The Delta Cross Channel was built in 1951 to improve water flow from the Sacramento River to pumping stations at the south edge of the Delta, fifty miles away. The Walnut Grove broadcast mast in the background is 2,049 feet (624.5 m) high, third tallest guyed mast in the world.

near Walnut Grove, California

Date photographed: July 6, 2016

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