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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & 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, CaliforniaTouch 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 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.)
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
Source: Locke Foundation Brochure
— Submitted April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
Additional keywords. Chinese Americans
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.