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Mendocino in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Temple Kwan Tai

 
 
Temple Kwan Tai Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 18, 2007
1. Temple Kwan Tai Marker
Inscription.
California State Landmark #927
C.A. 1854

[California Registered Historical Landmark description states: One of the oldest of California's Chinese houses of worship in continuous use, the temple may date back as far as 1854, though its documented history reaches only to 1883. The Chinese built many temples in California, but most have been destroyed, and no others remain on the North Coast.]
 
Location. 39° 18.325′ N, 123° 48.064′ W. Marker is in Mendocino, California, in Mendocino County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45160 Albion Street, Mendocino CA 95460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mendocino Masonic Hall (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mendocino Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); History Pivots on a Rock (approx. 3.5 miles away); The Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Whirring Saws Silenced: A Pictorial History of the Mill Site (approx. 9.6 miles away); Fort Bragg (approx. 9.7 miles away); Charles Russell Johnson (approx. 9.7 miles away); Fort Building (approx. 9.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mendocino.
 
Regarding Temple Kwan Tai.
Temple Kwan Tai Interior image. Click for full size.
By Henry M Kohnen, October 17, 2014
2. Temple Kwan Tai Interior
A Chinese Taoist temple built by the first Chinese settlers in the early 1850's. It s the oldest taoist temple in Northern Califonia. The temple is dedicated to Kwan Tai, the Chinese god of war. The outside of the building has a sign that says from (right to left) "mo Dai Miu", translates to mean "Temple to the Military God"
Source: Mendocino County Museums
 
Also see . . .
1. Joss House: Taoist Temples of California: Temple of Kwan Tai-Mendocino. (Submitted on October 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
2. The Temple of Kwan Tai. Official records report the sale of the temple's Albion Street site to the Chinese in 1867. A Beacon article describes formal opening ceremonies held on November 4, 1882. Since 1871, when the deed was recorded to Lee Sing John, successive generations of the Hee Family have held and preserved the Temple... (Submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Temple Kwan Tai Interior image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, July 23, 2016
3. Temple Kwan Tai Interior
Temple Kwan Tai image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, May 18, 2007
4. Temple Kwan Tai
Marker is located at the foot of the steps
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,595 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   2. submitted on , by Henry M Kohnen of San Jose, California.   3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   4. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on August 9, 2016.
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