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

A Portal of the Past

Sonora Chinatown

 
 
A Portal of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 2, 2012
1. A Portal of the Past Marker
Inscription. This monument is dedicated to the memory of the Chinese Pioneers who for years made this section their home. It was a city within a city whose residents were isolated from their surrounding neighbors by a barrier of language, custom and religion. Originally known as the “Tigre”, for years this area bore a somber reputation noted for the fondas and fandango houses that catered to Sonora’s rougher element. In the 1860’s, the Tigre began to assume an Oriental character and during the next century became known as Chinatown.
 
Erected 1974 by Tuolumne County Historical Society and the Sonora Redevelopment Agency.
 
Location. 37° 59.1′ N, 120° 22.92′ W. Marker is in Sonora, California, in Tuolumne County. Marker is on South Stewart Street just south of Lyons Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 South Stewart Street, Sonora CA 95370, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Home of Wells Fargo & Company in Sonora (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial Building (about 400 feet away); Sugg House (about 500 feet away);
A Portal of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 4, 2012
2. A Portal of the Past Marker
City Hotel (about 500 feet away); -Yo- Semite House (about 600 feet away); Original Site of the Sonora Daily (about 600 feet away); Tuolumne County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Site of the First Office of The Union Democrat (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sonora.
 
More about this marker. This monument was constructed with bricks from the last building in Chinatown.
 
Categories. Asian Americans
 
Chinese Pioneers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 5, 2012
3. Chinese Pioneers Monument
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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