Mendocino in Mendocino County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Temple Kwan Tai
[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.] (Marker Number 927.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the California Historical Landmark marker series.
Location. 39° 18.325′ N, 123° 48.064′ W. Marker is in Mendocino, California, in Mendocino County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 45160 Albion Street, Mendocino CA 95460, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile away); History Pivots on a Rock (approx. 3½ miles away); The Parrish Family Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Captain Fletcher and the Navarro Inn (approx. 8.1 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mendocino.
Regarding Temple Kwan Tai. 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 (Submitted on August 7, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
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