Walnut Grove in Sacramento County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Walnut Grove, Est. 1850/Locke, Est. 1915
Erected by The Rotary Club of Walnut Grove.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 14.841′ N, 121° 30.58′ W. Marker is in Walnut Grove, California, in Sacramento County. Marker is at the intersection of River Road (County Road E13) and Levee Road, on the right when traveling north on River Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13993 River Road (County Road E13), Walnut Grove CA 95690, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker Delta Transmission Towers/Delta Cross Channel Gates (here, next to this marker); Charles “Chuck” Tison (here, next to this marker); Locke Memorial Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Sacramento River Exploration (approx. 0.4 miles away); 66 Main Street (approx. 7.8 miles away); Bing Kong Tong Society Building (approx. 7.9 miles away); Isleton’s Historic Old Town (approx. 8 miles away); Hotel Del Rio and Casino (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Grove.
More about this marker. The marker, along with the Delta Transmission Towers/Delta Cross Channel Gates marker, a Rotary of Walnut Grove Sponsorship marker, and the Charles “Chuck” Tison marker, share a kiosk located at the Chuck Tison Memorial Park.
Regarding Walnut Grove, Est. 1850/Locke, Est. 1915. 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.
Locke Historical District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 6, 1971.
Also see . . .
1. Walking Tour of Walnut Grove. Walnut Grove, one of the older Delta river towns, was settled in 1850 by John Sharp. Sharp journeyed west from Ohio with his young family and chose the site of Walnut Grove because of the abundant walnut and oak forests in the area. (Submitted on October 31, 2010.)
2. Walking Tour of Locke. Can Tin-san is commonly credited as the earliest resident of Locke. He was the first Chinese to construct a building on the Locke brothers' property, where he realized the business potential of the Southern Pacific Wharf and Warehouse. (Submitted on October 31, 2010.)
Topics. This marker is included in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 886 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 24, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 8. submitted on February 28, 2011.
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