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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ketchikan in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska — Northwest (North America)

Diaz Café

Circa 1921

— In the heart of Ketchikan's Filipino community —

Diaz Café Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 4, 2021
1. Diaz Café Marker
Inscription.  Laws restricting Chinese and Japanese immigration in the 1920s resulted in a wave of Filipinos coming to work in Ketchikan's booming canneries. These “Alaskeros,” as they called themselves, began to live here permanently and make long-lasting contributions to our community.

Alaska’s first Filipino Social Club was established in the 1920s in the building next door.

Manuel and Bernalda “Mama” Diaz came to Alaska in the 1930s, settling first in Juneau, where he worked in a gold mine and she started the original Diaz Café.

When they relocated to Ketchikan in the early 1950s, they set up business here in what was the center of the Filipino community and established the Lucky Spot, which later became the Diaz Café.

Mama Diaz's daughter-in-law, Clara, continues to operate the café, making it a favorite eating place for over half a century.

(Top) The Diaz Café Building in 1953, about the time the Diaz family arrived from Juneau.
(Bottom) Filipina matriarch Clara Diaz in Diaz Café; September, 1987.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansIndustry & Commerce.
Location. 55° 20.426′ N, 131° 38.373′ W. Marker is in Ketchikan, Alaska, in Ketchikan Gateway Borough. Marker is on Stedman Street north of Thomas Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 335 Stedman Street, Ketchikan AK 99901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tatsuda's Grocery (a few steps from this marker); Ohashi's (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Stedman-Thomas Historic District (about 300 feet away); The Lost Frontier (about 300 feet away); New York Hotel & Café (about 300 feet away); June's Café (about 400 feet away); Creek Street (about 500 feet away); Dolly's House (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ketchikan.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 245 times since then and 35 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 18, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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May. 28, 2024