While there are sections of our cities attesting to our Chinese heritage and contributions, Locke, is the only Chinese town left. Located along the Sacramento River, just south of Sacramento, it remains a small enclave, known by locals but relatively untouched. Chinese immigrants settled here to help build the vast levee system along the Sacramento River.
As you might guess, this is the front of the doctor’s office.
LOCKED IN TIME
Chinese immigrants flooded to California, chasing the elusive Gold Mountain. Few found a fortune in the mines, but they made California a prosperous state by helping to tame the West, pounding railroad ties and dredging canals that created the nation’s richest farmland. Hard work, but solace came in small Chinese towns, where they lived, prayed, gambled and played mahjong. All those towns are gone, save one, and Locke is fighting a losing game with time
By Ron Gluckman /Locke, California