Visitors 9
Modified 18-Apr-16
Created 18-Apr-16
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This area began as Sonoratown in the 1850s with Mexican immigrants drawn to California during the Gold Rush. Known for prostitution, cockfighting, and there was a bullfighting ring in 1860s. Eventually, French, Italian, Croatian, German and other European settlers set up shop in this neighborhood. Called Little Italy and French Town before China Town. 1900s Chinese immigrants for railroad work increased. 1913 new railway terminal proposal caused anti-Chinese sentiment and Union Station ultimately destroyed Chinatown. 1970s migration of Chinese-Americans to the San Gabriel Valley and many Restaurants moved with them to cities like Diamond Bar.
375 seats were filled in the King High Theatre for both the 10:30 and 1:30 tours.Excellent Speakers in the 3-part program.Michael K. Woo (left) and Greg SooHoo both took a specific time in the Chinatown history.1849 virst Census of Sonoratown of Mexican Miners.Basques came for the Gold Rush and stayed for agriculture.Water wheel for irrigation from LA River.Michael K. Woo (left) and Greg SooHoo both took a specific time in the Chinatown history.