Locke, California: Largest Rural Chinatown in US
Small, century-old Chinese founded rural community, maintaining a tight, ramshackle street of period buildings, art shops, and historical museums, including one that was a gambling den. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/21/2012]
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We visited Locke, which is a fascinating place with its old buildings and cultural history, but unfortunately Connie's Toilet Garden is no longer a part of the town. We were told by a local owner of a business that after she died, the new owners were concerned about hygiene and removed all of the toilets.[mulvaney, 03/18/2012]
The little main street of Locke offers a number of distractions: a school house and gambling museum, a railroad workers monument, sculpture busts of Confucius and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, and a photo op cutout where you appear to wear a conical hat while riding a dragon.
The toilet garden is not much to see, but the old Chinatown is quite fascinating.[Lisa Fu, 08/15/2011]
Located in Locke, CA, Connie's toilet garden is a collection of planters made from toilets of past Chinese residents. Locke was established in 1915 and is the only existing town in America built exclusively by Chinese until recent years.[Sharean Oxley, 12/17/2010]
A farm community Chinatown. Mostly non-Chinese residents now. Tiny Locke also contains a Chinese School Museum along River Rd., and a Chinese Gambling "Dai Loy" Museum! (F-Su 12-4, 916-776-1661)