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A town built on rented land by Chinese immigrants early in this century is now on the National Historic Register.
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Legend S
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Scary
Nov 2019 • Couples
I don’t think people realize the history behind Locke.... The Chinese Mafia known as the Tong brutally oppressed the people of Locke, they’re were very brutal murders too, Read this before you go.
Written 5 September 2020
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Debbwl
Sacramento, CA122 contributions
Nice Fall Drive
Oct 2019
Dove down the river road enjoying all the fall colors. Stopped and strolled the small but very historic little town of Locke. Not a lot to see and do but well worth the stroll and deferentially worth learning about.
Written 26 October 2019
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NDH2306
Paris, France92 contributions
A fascinating view of a little-known past
Jul 2018 • Friends
We were lucky enough to visit this hidden gem with a local resident. It’s a hidden gem and a memory of a little-known slice of history (the oldest surviving Chinese town in California). Many of the historic buildings are still standing. Take a walk down memory lane.
Afterwards, we stopped for delicious fish and chips at the nearby Wimpy’s Restaurant.
Written 26 November 2018
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Bobby59
Tigard Oregon114 contributions
Worth a stop
Aug 2018
This town is a bit of California History. The Chinese settled here to work the good delta soil. Old buildings with lots of patina. Dont leave with out going into Al The Wops for a cold one.
Written 23 September 2018
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Michael K
656 contributions
Nothing to see here
Apr 2018 • Friends
Historically this place might be significant, but in its current dilapidated state, the place is a huge disappointment. There are restaurants and souvenir shops and there are still people living in the area, and so it is not a ghost town. But the place looks rundown. There are a few exceptions such as the old school house with the statues of Confucius and Sun Yat-Sen out front, and the garden dedicated to the occupants of Locke. But there is nothing here that makes the detour to get here worhwhile.
Written 2 May 2018
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teamflames
Hong Kong, China1,321 contributions
Little open
May 2017 • Couples
We stopped here on our way to Sutter Creek, a bit of a detour but a very scenic drive. If you are searching for it look up Walnut Grove.
Locke is a tiny one street town slightly hidden. Unfortunately on a weekday the place was mostly closed but the eccentric bar is open.
Definitely worth checking out on a weekend.
Written 24 May 2017
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Whistledown
San Francisco, CA969 contributions
Worth a visit if you are in the area
Jun 2016 • Couples
We visited during the week in late June, so not much was open – kind of disappointing but also meant there were very few other visitors. This is apparently the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese for the Chinese and is now on the registry of national historic places. We enjoyed our visit despite the 90+ degree temperature. Locke is quite small and there was not a lot to do but the history of the place is very interesting. It is almost like a ghost town. Locke was founded in 1915 after a fire broke out in the Chinese section of nearby Walnut Grove. The Chinese got permission from land owner George Locke to build on his land. By 1920 Locke stood essentially as it is now.
Worth a visit if you are in the area or travelling Hwy 160 to/from Sacramento and have 30 minutes to spare.
Written 5 July 2016
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Clyde H
Merced, CA205 contributions
Chinese Community Clonfirms a Locke on History
Jun 2016 • Couples
This is the Chinese town, and down the road is Walnut Grove, the essentially historically Japanese town. Built and run, historically anyway, until recently. (How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm, after they seen San Francisco?) The place is great for a walk, for we got there before anything but Al-the-Wop's opened. 9:30 AM. Years ago I had one of the best steaks in my life there, but this morning it was too early for steak and it was still five o'clock somewhere in western Europe. The main street is beautiful, and reminiscent of some of the historic places in Oroville, and Sonora, California, and San Francisco's Old Chinatown. And, it's on a grand waterfront.
And, it is thus a truly American town with a rich history. We strolled the back streets and alleys, as suggested by a local, and saw interesting places at every turn, such as the toilet bowl succulent garden, the small girl's bike completely covered in three inches of sable hair, and a community garden growing giant produce, to name a few. The Mona Lisa portrait is a kick. Ask about it and try it.
Written 10 June 2016
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Catherine L
Hughson, United States61 contributions
California History
Sep 2014 • Family
When my sister moved over to Lodi from Bay Area I wanted to show off the Delta. We were awe struck with the rich history, preservation efforts and how the town showed itself. We visited again this last summer and found more shops and the school open. We've eaten in both restaurants, Al the Whoop and the Blue Moon. But they also have picnic area where you can enjoy the delta breeze. Everyone wanted to visit the well stocked souvenir shops. The map of the Delta is worth getting and framing.
Written 10 July 2015
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RiverDays
montana1,322 contributions
This one will stick in my memory!
Jun 2015 • Couples
Spent the day exploring the Delta area, and this little historic town is one I'll not forget. Walking through the restored boarding house really brought the sense of earlier days, and as I walked up the stairs to the second story, I could imagine the many footsteps that had gone on before me.

Exploring the streets and the lesser-trod by-ways inspired introspection and thoughts of what our recent history teaches us. I experienced sadness that the marginalization of Chinese immigrants made for tough living, and yet these buildings had such character. Also left feeling a bit sad that these old buildings will not all be restored, and mother nature is slowly but surely taking them down.

We visited during a weekday in early June, so not all of the businesses were open. It was also not so crowded with tourists, which gave us more of a contemplative experience. Great for anyone who enjoys history.
Written 5 June 2015
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