The Dalles in Wasco County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
Chinatown - The Dalles
A Brief History
By 1890, most of the Chinese residences and businesses were located on this block fronting 1st Street: here there were
The first tenant was Joseph Freiman, a seller of Boots, Shoes, and Sewing Machines; he moved his business from the block in the early 1880's. In 1884, the building was being used as a residence, and by 1889, was a Chinese Merchandise Store. Federal Census records indicate that the Store was also a lodging house, with as many as 10 residents. By 1894, the Wing Hong Hai Company Chinese Merchandise Store was here, and in 1900 the store also included a Laundry and a Wash House. The Wing Hong Hai Company was in business until 1913, much of that time with four partners, Lee Yuen Hong, his brother Lee Wing, Lee Dick, and Lei On. A Chinese Store was still in operation here until the late 1920's, it was remodeled to serve as a Creamery in the 1940's, and was later used for furniture storage. By the 1980's the building had been abandoned. Restoration here a the Wing Hong Hai Company building started in 1999 and continues at a slow pace. To date it has a new roof (no more brick), and much
Archaeological excavations at the rear of the building in 2011 uncovered a rich, varied, and significant archaeological site with remains that perhaps span the entire historical period of The Dalles. The archaeological site also includes the remnant front of the Chew Kee Store, still visible at the sidewalk level 30 feet to the east of here. Chew Kee operated his Chinese Merchandise store at that location for some 50 years. The remnant of the stone and brick storefronts contained fragments of the iron fire doors, and if you peer down below the sidewalk level, you can still see cast iron column bases at the 1879 sidewalk level. some 5 feet below current grade.
Location. 45° 36.135′ N, 121° 10.915′ W. Marker is in The Dalles, Oregon, in Wasco County. Marker is on East 1st Street near Washington Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 East 1st Street, The Dalles OR 97058, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baldwin Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Granada Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seeing Red The Pioneer Building (about 300 feet away); Oaks Hotel (about 400 feet away); French and Company Bank (about 400 feet away); Maier Building (about 400 feet away); Nickelsen Bookstore (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The Dalles.
Categories. • Asian Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 10, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.