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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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Chinese Heritage Sites of the American West, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 13, 1990.
 
Location. 38° 15.047′ N, 121° 30.589′ W. Marker is in Locke, California
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.
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, 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. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Locke / 樂居镇 (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Locke (within shouting distance of this marker); Locke, California (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Locke (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Delta Transmission Towers/Delta Cross Channel Gates (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles “Chuck” Tison (approx. ¼ mile away); Walnut Grove, Est. 1850/Locke, Est. 1915 (approx. ¼ mile away); Boon-Dox Botel (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Locke.
 
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
Locke Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
3. Locke Memorial Park Marker
Looking West
the only such community remaining in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, which was a particularly important area of rural Chinese settlement.

Locke Historical 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 Mesa, Arizona.) 

2. Welcome to Locke. A brief history of the town. (Submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 

3. Photos of the Town of Locke. Library of Congress entry. (Submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.) 
 
Additional commentary.
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
Locke Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, April 23, 2009
4. Locke Memorial Park
office, two slaughter houses, a flour mill, canneries, shipping wharves, an opera, speakeasies during Prohibition, and five gambling houses.
Source: Locke Foundation Brochure
    — Submitted April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

 
Additional keywords. Chinese Americans
 
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.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,891 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   9. submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   10. submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   11. submitted on December 27, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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