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Title Chinatown with Alvarado pool room and many businesses
Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1996.3.11.2.5
Description Chinatown with Alvarado pool room and many businesses, Gallvin Collection ,Oak Tribute 3-19-56 ( 2 copies). b/w

See Images of America, Union City p. 39
Chinese were early immigrants to Alvarado. They would be the primary laborers for the sugar beet factory and local farmworkers. Eventually a Chinatown would develop in Alvarado. Running along the north side of Smith Street for the north side of Smith Street for about 75 yards, starting about where Fredi Street is now, were a number of Chinese buisnesses including a laundry. Oral histories state that both gambling and prostitution were also available in Chinatown. Sometime in the late 1920's, the local citizens emptied Chinatown, sending the residents to Oakland and setting the buildings on fire.
Date 3/19/56
Collection Fisher, Robert B : Category XI : Indexed 3X5 photo prints with negatives
Location Alvarado, Ca
Accession # 1996.3.11
Search Terms Alvarado: Chinatown