Northern California is blessed with footprints of early Chinese settlers. These immigrants came to mine the gold mountains, build the railroads, the levees and labored invisibly in many trades that helped build the state. Fourteen heritage locations have banded together to showcase the historical presence of these early pioneers. Locke Foundation proudly hosts this webpage. Through the hyperlinks you can trace the ancestral historical whereabouts, their contributions, and the latest efforts of today’s stewards to preserve, educate and celebrate.
On August 2, 1970, Locke was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. It is the only town in the United States built exclusively by the Chinese Americans for the Chinese Americans. Its unique charm and genuine authenticity bring many visitors to its streets each year.