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

Locke Memorial Park

 
 
Locke Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
1. Locke Memorial Park Marker
Northwest side of the three sided monument.
Inscription.
In memory of the industrious Chinese pioneers of California whose strength and sacrifice helped build the transcontinental railroad, construct the levees of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta, and develop agriculture in the Central Valley. With determination and perserverance the Chinese built the town of Locke and continue to shape California.
Dedicated October 13, 2007
Through the Inspiration of
Connie King, Locke Resident Since 1948

 
Erected 2007 by Inspiration of Connie King, Locke Resident.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 15.047′ N, 121° 30.589′ W. Marker is in Locke, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1300 Main Street, Walnut Grove CA 95690, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Delta Transmission Towers/Delta Cross Channel Gates (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles “Chuck” Tison
Locke Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
2. Locke Memorial Park Marker
Southwest side of the three-sided monument.
(approx. ¼ mile away); Walnut Grove, Est. 1850/Locke, Est. 1915 (approx. ¼ mile away); Sacramento River Exploration (approx. 0.6 miles away); 66 Main Street (approx. 7.9 miles away); Bing Kong Tong Society Building (approx. 8.1 miles away); Isleton’s Historic Old Town (approx. 8.2 miles away); Hotel Del Rio and Casino (approx. 8.2 miles away).
 
Regarding Locke Memorial Park. The Locke Historical District has been designated as a National Historical Landmark.
Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 14, 1990):
Founded in 1915, Locke is the largest and most intact surviving example of an historic rural Chinese-American community in the United States, including more than 50 commercial and residential frame buildings and covering approximately 14 acres along the east bank of the Sacramento River, south of the city of Sacramento. Locke is the only such community remaining in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which was a particularly important area of rural Chinese settlement.

Locke Historical
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By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
3. Locke Memorial Park Marker
Looking West
District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1971.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lock Memorial Park. Dedication Ceremonies and a short history of the park. (Submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. Welcome to Locke. A brief history of the town. (Submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. Photos of the Town of Locke. A scrapbook of photos of this small historic town. (Submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. History of Locke
Established in 1915, Locke is the only existing town in America built and inhabited almost exclusively by Chinese until recent years. During its heyday from the 1920's to 1940's, Locke was an island of Chinese culture with a permanent population of about 600, including many families, and a seasonal farm labor population of an additional thousand. At one time it had four restuarants, a half dozen markets, dry goods stores, five brothels, a post office, two slaughter houses, a flour mill, canneries, shipping wharves, an opera, speakeasies during Prohibition,
Locke Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
4. Locke Memorial Park
and five gambling houses.
Source: Locke Foundation Brochure
    — Submitted April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
Additional keywords. Chinese Americans
 
Categories. 20th CenturyNotable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
5. Main Street
Main Street image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
6. Main Street
The Star Theater image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
7. The Star Theater
Served as a Chinese opera house, gambling den, and a brothel.
Locke Chinese School image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
8. Locke Chinese School
A language school, established in 1926, for the children of Locke.
Interior of the School image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
9. Interior of the School
Locke Boarding House Vistors' Center image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
10. Locke Boarding House Vistors' Center
An exhibit and research facility open to the public.
Lock Boarding House image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 21, 2009
11. Lock Boarding House
This building has been designated as a California State Park.
 
 
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