Locke in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Locke Memorial Park
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.
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. Touch 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 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.
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.)
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,
Source: Locke Foundation Brochure
— Submitted April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
Additional keywords. Chinese Americans
Categories. • 20th Century • Notable Places • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,750 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 9. submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 10. submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 11. submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.