San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Chong's Candy Store
In 1950, Addison's brother Richard took over the building and opened Chong's Candy Store.
Richard operated Chong's Candy Store for 28 years until his death in 1978. He was the last candy-maker of his kind in the county.
Location. 35° 16.888′ N, 120° 39.863′ W. Marker is in San Luis Obispo, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker is at the intersection of Palm Street and Chorro Street, on the right when traveling south on Palm Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 798 Palm Street, San Luis Obispo CA 93401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Ah Louis Store (a few steps from this marker); “Love” and “Double Joy” (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); De Anza Expedition 1775 - 1776 (about 300 feet away); Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail Carnegie City Library (about 500 feet away); San Luis Obispo Sesquicentennial (about 700 feet away); General John C. Fremont (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Luis Obispo.
More about this marker. The marker is to the right of the front door.
Regarding Chong's Candy Store. This building and the Ah Louis Building directly across the street were the heart of San Luis Obispo's Chinatown. According to In Search of Chinese San Luis Obispo:
"The focal point of Chinese San Luis Obispo was the 800 block of Palm Street. Residents called their community Tong Yun Fow, or “Chinese Peopleís City”; most other locals called it Chinatown, or simply “Palm Street.” Between 1870 and 1900 its population varied from two to four hundred, peaking in the early 1890s when one in every ten San Luis city residents was Chinese. The most enduring Palm Street families were the Wongs and the Gins. Patriarchs Wong On (later Ah Louis) and Gin Sai Yuen(Quong Chung) became leading merchants, entrepreneurs, labor agents, and community spokesmen. Palm Street businesses
Also see . . .
1. In Search of Chinese San Luis Obispo. Program from a February 1998 conference sponsored by Heritage Shared and Cuesta College. (Submitted on February 25, 2009.)
2. The Chinese Candy Seller of San Luis Obisbo. The personal memories of the Chinese Candy Store (Submitted on March 15, 2009.)
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