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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 36° 43.783′ N, 119° 47.6′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Kern Street and China Alley, on the right when traveling south on Kern Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1535 Kern Street, Fresno CA 93706, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Kogetsu-Do (within shouting distance of this marker); The Basque Hotel (was approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing. ); Green Bush Spring (was approx. 0.3 miles away but has been reported missing. ); 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). 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 . . .
1. History of Chinese Americans in California. (Submitted on January 2, 2010.)
2. 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.)
Additional keywords. China Downtown Central, Fish Fagen Alley, Tunnels
Categories. • Asian Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. This page has been viewed 1,835 times since then. Last updated on February 26, 2012. Photos: 1. submitted on January 2, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 2. submitted on March 22, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2010, by Lester J Letson of Fresno, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.