LOCKE, CA. EST. 1915
After a fire destroyed the Chinese community in Walnut Grove in 1913, the Chinese elders approached George Locke and his brothers and asked that they be allowed to build on his land.
Because of the 1913 Alien Land Act, Chinese were not allowed to own land. A lease agreement was reached and Lockeport was built along the Sacramento River. At one time there were 600 inhabitants and was known for it's gambling parlor, saloon and laundry (just kidding). It's heyday was around 1920 and my Nana told me stories of prostitution and opium dens. Nana could tell a great story. Joe Chan is right about the wooden sidewalks and I have movies of myself and family strolling down them on one of our visits there. An asian developer bought the town and surrounding land from the Locke heirs in 1977 and has plans for a housing development and wants to make the town of Locke a tourist attraction. At present there are less than 100 people living there. Stay tuned for more photos. I wish I had used my short lens, but my girl was not into much of a walk that afternoon.