Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
E Clampus Vitus
Jim Savage Chapter 1852
Erected 2006 by E Clampus Vitus, Jim Savage Chapter 1852.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 11, 1858.
Location. 36° 43.783′ N, 119° 47.6′ W. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1535 Kern Street, Fresno CA 93706, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kogetsu-Do (within shouting distance of this marker); William Saroyan (approx. 0.4 miles away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (approx. half a mile away); Fresno County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (approx. half a mile away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Lao Hmong American War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Fresno (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fresno.
More about this marker. Information supplied by long deceased residents has led to the discoveries of several tunnels below the buildings, streets and alleys of Chinatown, some used for storage, and some believed to have been used to move people and contraband below the streets of the area in the early 1900's
Regarding China Alley. Many of the old brick buildings on China Alley can be recognized as having been businesses that faced the alley years ago. Although most of the doorways and windows that faced the alley have long since been bricked over, the patterns of bricks clearly show that business was not just conducted on the streets of Chinatown, it was also conducted in the alleys.
Also see . . . Fresno's Tunnels - A Gateway to Secret History of Chinatown. A USA Today article by Juliana Barbassa, The Associated Press, regarding the tunnels and Fresno's Chinatown. (Submitted on January 2, 2010.)
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