Locke, California: Largest Rural Chinatown in US

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Locke Rd., Locke, CA
I-5 exit west onto CR E13, south at river on River Rd., left on Locke Rd. Intersection of Key St.
Museums open on weekends. Dai Loy Museum F-Su 12-4, (Call to verify)
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Locke - Rural Chinatown.

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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Alley toilet planters.

Largest Rural Chinatown in US

Locke is also a good place for motorcycles, whether you're riding or just taking pictures. I do both. Al's Place (also known by its original name, Al the Wop's) has a bar in front and a dining area farther back. Bikers, lic farmers, and tourists all seem to get along just fine. Great steak sandwiches.

[Kurt, 07/14/2015]

Chop Suey sign in Locke.

Locke Chinatown

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.


Connie's Toilet Garden

The toilet garden is not much to see, but the old Chinatown is quite fascinating.

[Lisa Fu, 08/15/2011]
Connie's Toilet Garden

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)

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