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.

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 USA


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Barbara Brown is a mental health professional and an avid photographer. She lives in northern California and enjoys nature and all types of photography.

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  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture Barbara!

  • Thank you so much Zee Zee!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonover 3 years ago

    Isn’t that sad how all the towns have gone,the Chinese were such hard working people, makes you wonder how things would have been if there were no Chinese people, this is a lovely image, so colourful, great find :)x

  • Josie! Thank you so much!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Tony Cave
    Tony Caveover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image Barbara, love the history.

  • Thank you so much Tony!

    – Barbara Brown

  • mikepaulhamus
    mikepaulhamusover 3 years ago

    nice colors make this pop! great capture.

  • Thank you so much Mike!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    what a great capture Barbara!

  • Thank you so much Charmiene!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Beautiful composition Barbara!

  • Thank you so much Colin!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 3 years ago

    It’s beautiful and love the colours!

  • Thank you so much Fran!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Julesrules
    Julesrulesover 3 years ago

    wonderful colours – such a cheery & interesting picture:-)

  • Thank you so much Jules!

    – Barbara Brown

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 3 years ago

    Now that’s a place I would love to visit. Awesome capture!!

  • Thank you JR! It is such an interesting place!

    – Barbara Brown

  • Ulrikeart
    Ulrikeartover 3 years ago
    so bright and colorful, wonderful capture !!!
  • Thank you so much!

    – Barbara Brown

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